Don't follow US blindly: Iran tells French president

ANI | Updated: Dec 18, 2017 03:42 IST

Tehran [Iran], Dec 18 (ANI): Iranian Supreme Leader's top aide for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati on Sunday slammed French President Emmanuel Macron over his tough stance toward Tehran, saying he should not "blindly" follow United States President Donald Trump.

The local media quoted Velayati as saying, "To sustain its international credibility, France should not blindly follow the Americans ... The French president is now acting as Trump's lapdog."

Earlier in November, President Macron expressed concerns over Iran's missile programme.

Macron had also hinted at possible sanctions on Tehran as he called for a firm stance over ballistic missile program.

Velayati also slammed the U.N. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley after she claimed that debris of a missile at a military base in Washington had been made by Iran and used on November 4 by Yemen's Houthi group to target an airport near Riyadh.

"This claim shows she lacks basic scientific knowledge and decency. She is like her boss (Trump) as he also says baseless, ridiculous things. Iran has not supplied Yemen with any missile," Velayati said. (ANI)

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