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Iran’s foreign policy will not change

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi says the appointment of a new foreign minister will not cause any changes in the country’s foreign policy.

“Iran’s foreign policy is under the supervision of the Leader of Islamic Umman and Oppressed People [Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei] and this is how policies are determined and the change of minister will not lead to the change of policy,” head of the Parliament (Majlis) National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Majlis gave a vote of confidence to Ali Akbar Salehi, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s candidate for the post of foreign minister.

Boroujerdi added that Iran’s policy regarding the nuclear issue is based on peaceful activity and in line with the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty and the West should not expect Tehran’s policies to change.

The Iranian lawmaker described Tehran’s policy regarding recent developments in the region as respecting the will of the nations and supporting their demands, Fars News Agency reported.

“What began in Tunis and continued in Egypt… is a kind of reaction to the past policies of these countries,” Boroujerdi added.

“We saw that when a part of the Muslim world was besieged, the Egyptian government did not cooperate to transfer food to Gaza and even blocked communication channel to this area,” the Iranian lawmaker said.

Anti-government protests continue across Egypt for the sixth consecutive day despite the deployment of army forces and tanks. Curfew has been extended in the capital Cairo as well as in Suez and Alexandria.

At least 100 people have been killed and around 2,000 others have been wounded since protests began on Tuesday. Reports say over 20 people have been killed in the city of Alexandria alone.

Protesters want Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30-year rule. The president, however, says he will not resign. He has only sacked his cabinet and promised economic and political reforms.

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