The country’s leaders have made no secret of their determination to remain independent.
In recent months, Iran has been embroiled in a territorial dispute with Saudi Arabia over its disputed claims to the northwestern part of the country.
The ruling clerics have been trying to secure the country’s support for the “liberation of Iran” from Saudi Arabia by declaring an independence day on July 1, 2017.
Iran, however, has made no such declaration.
In its proclamation on the day of independence, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has used the date to highlight Iran’s “right to preserve its sovereignty,” as well as to signal that the country is ready to “join the world of nations.”
“We declare that we have never before declared independence.
But the Islamic Republic of Iran has never declared independence from anyone,” Khamenei said.
“We will never relinquish the right to preserve our sovereignty.”
Iran has been fighting a territorial conflict with Saudi Arabian forces in the past few years.
In April, the country annexed the Saudi-held oil-rich province of Qaim in the south and threatened to send troops to the kingdom’s borders with Iraq and Bahrain.
Since the beginning of the year, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has been conducting airstrikes in support of Saudi Arabia’s war against Iran.
Iran has also threatened to invade Saudi Arabia if it does not agree to stop supporting Saudi Arabia in the region.
Saudi Arabia has been pushing back against Tehran’s calls to sever diplomatic ties with the United States, saying the kingdom is “the most important strategic partner in the world” and a “security partner” for the region and the world.
In a statement issued earlier this month, the Saudi government said that it will not recognize the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) group as a legitimate political entity, which would “violate the international laws of war.”
On Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry called for the release of the Iranian journalists held by Saudi Arabia since March 17.
The ministry also said it is ready for negotiations on the release, but the “government has not given a clear answer” as to whether it will allow the Iranian detainees to leave Iran.
“The Iranian side is ready and willing to negotiate, but has not provided any clear answer as to the reason behind the decision of the Saudi authorities,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.