Iran’s Supreme Leader was released from hospital on Monday September 15 following prostate surgery, with the media reporting his complete recovery.
In the first statements following his release, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran has on several occasions rejected U.S. offers for negotiations on the issue of the Sunni extremist group ISIS.
He stressed that he has rejected talks with the U.S. in this matter because in his estimate, the intentions of the Americans cannot be trusted.
Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the White House, has said that discussions with Iran about ISIS on the sidelines of the nuclear talks have not been a secret; however, she has confirmed that there is no military cooperation between Iran and the U.S. and no future possibility of such.
The U.S. is trying to forge a coalition to confront ISIS, and Iran has been excluded from the talks aimed at building this coalition.
However, Iran’s Supreme Leader maintains that it is Iran which has rejected repeated offers to participate in the talks.