Tehran (IP): Iran's President on Sunday received the credentials of the new ambassadors to Tehran coming from Belarus, Sri Lanka and Britain, calling for boosting ties with these countries while urging cooperation based on mutual respect apart from any domination process.

Iran PressIran News: Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi while receiving the credentials of Belarus' new ambassador to Tehran Dmitry Koltsov said: "Iran-Belarus relations need to progress in all fields, including economic and trade, and the ambassadors of the two countries can play an important role in this regard."

Receiving the credentials of the new ambassador of Sri Lanka to Tehran Wishwanath Aponsu on Sunday, Iran's President, referred to the potential for expanding relations between Iran and Sri Lanka, saying: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to activate all capacities for cooperation between the two countries."

Having received the credentials of New British ambassador to Tehran Simon Shercliff, the President said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran is based on cooperation and interaction with all countries, but this cooperation must be based on mutual respect and taking into account the interests of nations, and the system of domination should not overshadow these relations."

Ebrahim Raisi, on receiving the credentials of the new British ambassador to Tehran, called independence and freedom the main slogan of the Iranian people and stressed: "Our country is truly independent. Given your good knowledge of Persian, you should explain the true meaning of these words in Iran to your government officials."

The President emphasized that the spirit of independence and freedom-seeking is in nature of the Iranian nation and whenever they feel that other countries are coercing, they react.

"The best way to work and cooperate with Iran is to respect the principle of mutual respect," he said.

The high-ranking official noted that today human rights have become a political weapon to strike at countries, stating: "We consider ourselves obliged to respect human rights based on religious beliefs.

The new British ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, while presenting his credentials to Ayatollah Raisi, stated that he had traveled to Tehran for the second time in 20 years as ambassador, saying: "My main goal is to try to improve the relations between the two countries with a positive and constructive view."

Referring to the history of British-Iranian relations, Shercliff expressed hope that a new era of relations between the two countries would be created and that he would play his role well in achieving this goal.


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