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Live Blog: Presidential Debate in Iran -- Foreign Policy

Frud Bezhan and RFE/RL editors were on hand to live-blog the third and final debate with Iran's presidential candidates on June 7. While the first two debates dealt with mainly domestic issues, the third installment covered politics and foreign policy. Read how events unfolded here.

Iran's Presidential candidates pose for a group photo after their live television debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31

Iran's Presidential candidates pose for a group photo after their live television debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31

17:01 7.6.2013
Iran’s third and final election debate on Friday was lively, entertaining, and heated. The eight presidential hopefuls outlined their foreign and domestic policies. As expected, Iran's faltering economy, the election's main campaign issue, took center stage. The candidates blamed the country’s financial woes on the government’s mishandling of the economy, while others pointed the finger at crunching international sanctions. Iran’s nuclear discussions with the West also sparked heated exchanges. Said Jalili, the top nuclear negotiator, attracted criticism for what his rivals called his failure to stand up for the country’s nuclear right. The candidates also blamed him for not doing enough to secure the removal of sanctions targeting the country’s oil and financial sector. Most of the candidates agreed that the country needed to repair its image and pursue better ties with regional countries and the wider international community. Candidates will now have little less than a week for campaigning before the vote on June 14.
16:20 7.6.2013
Well, that is that. The 4-hour debate is over. You can read a short wrap up of the third and final presidential debate on June 7 here. Thank you for joining us in our live coverage.
16:17 7.6.2013
Aref: I don't know if all of you have the desire to go to the polls, but boycotting the election cannot correct the sitaution. I urge you to vote!
16:15 7.6.2013
Gharazi says a government that has only a small social base will not be able to function
16:11 7.6.2013
Velayati counts all his previous government posts. He claims Khomeini himself endorsed him for the post of foreign minister
16:10 7.6.2013
Rezai: I will curb unemployment and the prices for goods. Prepare yourself for future victories
16:09 7.6.2013
Rohani calls on Iranian voters "not to pay attention to campaign posters, but what plans candidates have outlined and each candidate's track record." Rohani says he hopes the next administration is one of "prudence and hope"
16:03 7.6.2013
Qalibaf: I will let my actions talk. There will be no status quo and no return to the past. I will avoid emotions in diplomacy
15:59 7.6.2013
Jalili's final remarks: I believe in the Islamic republic and in pure Islam. Our strength is that we've created an Islamic civilization
15:58 7.6.2013
Adel is first... he says his ability and the power he would assume as president will allow him to fulfill all the promises he has made

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