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20 May, 2017 15:17

Warmongering cannot end conflicts – Iran presidential candidate to RT (EXCLUSIVE)

Iran seeks peace worldwide through respectful and honorable relations between nations, since warmongering and intimidation cannot help solve global problems, presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi told RT in an exclusive interview.

Wars raging across the globe cannot be ended through a policy of warmongering, but instead through cooperation and respect towards the democratic choices of the people, Iranian presidential candidate Raisi, who came in second in the election, said.

We said in Syria, and in other places, we said that under no circumstances are we of the opinion that war and warmongering is a means to resolve the problems. Rather we said categorically that issues have to be solved by respecting and accepting people’s opinions in Syria or elsewhere,” Raisi said in an interview given to Middle East political commentator Catherine Shakdam for RT.

“We think the democratic solution is a good solution. Be it in Syria, in Yemen, in Lebanon, in many parts of the world.” Iran desires “peace to prevail across the world,” according to Raisi, as its doctrine is built to “prevent wars.”

Iran’s military buildup, including military drills and missile tests, only serves this purpose, Raisi said. “Military capability should not be used to threaten others, for warmongering.”

The road to peace is paved by establishing “dignified and honorable” relationship with countries worldwide and specifically close cooperation with Iran’s neighbors, Raisi believes. “Cultural exchange, economic co-operation and society interaction” should play here a key role, he noted, adding that those who pursue tensions worldwide “should stop.”