Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard, the former First Deputy Speaker of Iran's Majles, said in a November 6, 2020 Friday sermon that aired on Channel 1 (Iran) that it does not matter who forms the U.S. government. He said that the future of the region does not have room for Israel or for "mercenary rulers," and he argued that Iran can only engage in diplomacy from a position of power.
Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabi Fard: "It does not matter [who will form] the next government in America, he will have to learn from four decades of the steadfastness and resistance of the Islamic and Iranian nation. The West's roadmap must change, particularly in southwestern Asia. In this region's future, there is no place for the mercenary Zionist regime. There is no place for mercenary rulers who rely on foreigners. The future of this region belongs to this region's nations. [The West] must respect the nations of the region and their resolute willpower. The West's interest lies in respecting the nations of the region."
"In principle, today's world only understands the language of power. You must talk to the arrogant [countries] of the world from a position of power. Diplomacy that relies on power can protect the nations' interests. Had we not taken steps to make the Iranian nation more powerful in the fields of science, defense, and elsewhere, we would not be able to talk to the world today."