Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran over remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he voiced support for protesters protesting in Iran after the gasoline price hike.
Iran told the ambassador, who represents US interests in Iran, given the lack of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, that US official statements “interfere in Iran’s internal affairs.”
This comes in conjunction with statements by President Hassan Rouhani, in which he said that the people “succeeded once again in a historical test,” despite the crackdown on security launched by the Iranian authorities to counter popular demonstrations, according to Reuters.
He continued in remarks quoted by the Iranian news agency on its website: “The Iranian people succeeded again in a historical test, and showed that it will not allow enemies to take advantage of the situation, although he may have had complaints about the management of the country.”
The Iranian demonstrations broke out last Friday, in protest against the decision to increase fuel prices, and comes months before the Shura Council elections scheduled for next February.
Iran is suffering from a serious economic downturn caused by the U.S. withdrawal in 2018 from the international deal on Iran’s nuclear program and its reimposition of tough economic sanctions on Tehran.