Tehran (IP)- Iran's interior minister said that the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) showed that interaction with the US is not going anywhere; Westerners have never been reliable and have been our enemy since the beginning of the revolution.

Iran PressIran News: Tehran hosts the first National Conference of Iran and Neighbors in the presence of some Iranian ministers and top officials on Monday at two consecutively morning and evening sections at the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS).

Since taking office in August, under President Ebrahim Raisi, the new Iranian administration has constantly stressed that expansion of relations with neighbors and Asian countries is a top priority of its foreign policy.

Iran's interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, in the Conference stressed: "As long as the United States is present in the region, will not allow peaceful coexistence among the countries."

The Minister of Interior pointed out: "The Islamic Republic has extended a hand of friendship to its neighbors since the 1979 revolution, but Saddam's imposed war on Iran was the first dagger into the back of the policy."

"US policy in the region undermines the belief that cooperation with that country can lead to security," he said.

Vahidi also referred to the policies of Britain and Israel in the region and said: "Britain and the Israel regime are trying to sow discord in the region, in particular, the Israel regime considers the insecurity of the region, differences, and mistrust between countries as a guarantee of its survival."

He said neighborhood policy was not a one-sided issue for the Islamic Republic to decide alone, but that it should be agreed upon in the region and among its neighbors.


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