Iran's Khamenei says won't negotiate with West over regional presence
Iran Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that Teheran will not negotiate with the West over its presence in the Middle East.
He expressed these views days after the visit of French foreign minister to Teheran who sought to discuss Iran’s role in regional conflicts.
He said, “European countries come to Tehran and say we want to negotiate with Iran over its presence in the region. But they should know that it is our region and its matters also relate to us.
Khamenei said, we will negotiate with America, when we wanted to be present in America,”
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the nuclear deal unless three European signatories help “fix” the accord by forcing Iran to limit its sway in the Middle East and rein in its missile program.
French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized the program and raised the possibility of new sanctions.
Tehran supports Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the government’s war against rebel forces, including groups backed by the West, and is an ally of Israel’s enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon. APP/AFP