Presidential Aide Calls on Obama to Respect Iran's Rights
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian presidential aide Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh on Saturday urged Washington to show respect for Iran's rights as a prerequisite for improving relations between the two sides.
Hashemi Samareh, currently on a visit to Japan, said in an interview with Japan's public broadcaster NHK that the relations between Tehran and Washington would improve if the latter "respects rights" held by Iran, including its nuclear program.
"If President Obama wants to realize a change, he should stop support for Israel and withdraw from Iraq," the special envoy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NHK.
On Thursday, Hashemi Samareh handed Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso a letter from Ahmadinejad saying that Iran wants to build closer ties with Tokyo for peace and stability in the Middle East, including Gaza.
Hashemi Samareh arrived in Tokyo on Thursday for a three-day official visit.
Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone also stated in a meeting with Hashemi Samareh on Friday that his country attaches high significance to relations with Iran.