President Raeisi made the comments in a recent interview with the CCTV television of China when he was in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting recently.
The president also referred to Iran’s membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and said, “Iran’s cooperation with Russia, China and other SCO member states can create new powers.”
He also said that protecting human rights is an intrinsic part of the Islamic Republic.
Stating that the people of the world have a negative view of the period of hegemony, unilateralism and violation of the rights of other nations by hegemonic powers, the president said that “the modern time is the time of multilateralism..
He added that Iran’s cooperation with Russia, China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Union Eurasia and the ECO Cooperation Organization can create new powers.
Raeisi further told CCTV that Iran is a country of freedom of speech, adding that people in Iran trust his government.
He further described the young Iranian lady who lost her life in custody as his own daughter.
He refuted the claims that Mahsa Amini was beaten by the morality police and stressed that she died out of her previous record of illness.
The president censured the western countries for supporting the riots that followed the death of the young Iranian lady.
He said that what was going on in Iran was not protests but it was riots.