Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with Mr. Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minister of Italy, on Tuesday, referred to good relations between the two countries in the past and welcomed further enhancement of bilateral cooperation.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the main problem and the most important weakness with the recent travels by European delegations to Iran was lack of tangible practical results after bilateral negotiations, noting:
“Our view to cooperation with Italy and your government is a different and positive one, and we hope that this visit would serve to bolster this view.
“The Islamic Republic [of Iran] welcomes development of relations with Europe in different fields, particularly with regard to economic cooperation.
“Some European governments and companies have been visiting Iran and have been in talks [with Iran], but the product of these negotiations has not been tangible yet.
“Some shift the blame for this issue onto the Americans, which such an assessment seems acceptable given their (Americans’) track records and behavior, because even now they are not fulfilling the obligations [they undertook] through the nuclear talks [with Iran] as they should, and are intimidating other parties into not cooperating with Iran with their remarks and actions.”
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first European visit to Italy in January, saying that Iran holds a positive and optimistic view of Italy. Ayatollah Khamenei added:
“Of course, we do not have this positive view with regard to certain European countries, because they only look at America to act as it dictates to them.”
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)