Harsh attack of Iranian newspaper Kayhan against Rouhani, over relations with France

Source: Kayhan

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, just visited Iran for two days, with a large business delegation. During his visit in Tehran, he met with President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif, and repeated Paris’s support to Iran Deal. But, while Ayrault was in Iran, the international media published the story about the new missile test realized by Tehran. Commenting the news, Ayrault said that “the test is contrary to the spirit of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231”.  

Reacting to the words of Ayrault, the Iranian newspaper Kayhan – considered very close to the Supreme Leader Khamenei – attacked the Government, accusing Rouhani to bow to a hostile entity, giving to Paris lucrative business. The article also compared what happened with the “case of Sigmar Gabriel”, incumbent German Foreign Minister. Before visiting Tehran in October 2016, Gabriel said that “Iran should never undermine Israel’s existence”. Kayhan wrote that, in that case, Berlin was interfering in one of the key points of the Iranian foreign politics, and it was the duty of the Government to cancel the visit of Gabriel (but the visit was confirmed).


Iran, MFA’s Spokesman: “Saudi Arabia first source of terrorism”

Source: Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Iranian Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bahram Ghasemi, strongly reacted to the words of the Foreign Ministry of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir. In a meeting with his French counterpart, Al-Jubeir said that Riyadh tried to establish good ties with Tehran, but Iran reacted with hostility. In that occasion, he also praised Trump’s will to contain Iran and attacked Tehran’s interference in areas like Bahrain and Yemen.

Responding to al-Jubeir, Bahram Ghasemi said that Saudi Arabia is only searching to justify its crimes in Yemen and that nothing can change the fact that Riyadh is the first source of terrorism and extremism. Ghasemi added that Saudi Arabia was only capable to spread hate and to promote an ideology which was the excuse for the killing of innocent people every day.


Lebanon: Iranian special envoy of Larijani, met Hamas representative in Beirut


Source: Irna.ir

Visiting Lebanon, Iran’s Majlis Speaker Advisor for International Affairs, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, met also representatives of the Palestinian organizations Hamas and Islamic Jihad. For Hamas, he met with Osama Hamdan and, separately, for the Islamic Jihad he met with the Secretary Ramadan Abdullah. The meeting with the Hamas’s representative in Lebanon, is part of the process of rapprochement between Iran and the Palestinian Sunni terrorist organization, after the rift on the Syrian conflict.



Afghan official accuses Iran of supporting Taliban with rockets

Source: al-Arabiya

The Governor of the Afghanistan Province of Helmand, Hayatullah Hayat, accused Iran of supporting the Taliban with weapons. In particular, Mr. Hayat said that rockets made in Iran were used during the Taliban’s attack in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the Province of Helmad. He also added that the Iranian officials met the Taliban representatives in the city of Krmesar, and the Taliban also used the Iranian weapons during attacks in the cities of Krmesar and Sunken.

The Afghan Governor said that he thinks that the Iranian are supporting the Taliban, because of the dispute between Tehran and Herat, for the Helmand River, which flows also into the Lake  Hamond, in the Iranian Province of Balochistan. In February 2016, the Afghan security forces found Iranian-made mines and large amount of arms and ammunitions, during a raid in the Bamyan Province (center of Afghanistan).


From Tunis and Cairo, the Iranian Arab minority launch campaign to free the al-Ahwaz region


DSPA’s meeting in Cairo, January 2017

Source: Masralabia.com, Zahratmasr.comYoutube, Ahwazna.net

At the beginning of January 2017, the Democratic party of Ahwaz (DSPA), held a special meeting in Cairo. From the capital of Egypt, as announced my Aref al Kaabi (head of the political bureau of the DSPA), the representatives of the Iranian Arab minority, asked to al Sisi to support their struggle for the independence of Province of Khuzestan. From there, the DSPA also announced the intention to request to join the next meeting of the Arab League in Amman (to be held on March 29).
While  the DSPA searches only a political solution for the Ahwaz self-determination, rejected the violence, inside the Islamic Repubblic of Iran the armed wing Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) – the Brigades of the Martyrs Al-Nasser Mohiuddin , have attacked two pipelines, near the town of Omidiyeh and in Deylam. Below the video of the attack, published on the website of ASMLA. Also the ASMLA had an important conference at the beginning of December 2015 in Tunis, and from there launched the campaign to “raise the issue of Ahwaz to the same level as other Arab issues, especially the Palestinian cause as a just cause affecting the conscience of the Arab nation and a key part of its national security”.


Plasco Blaze: Iranians complaining for lacking of economic support to Tehran’s firefighters

Source: @tousheh

The Iranians are starting to attack the Government and the Municipality of Tehran, after the dramatic blaze which destroyed the Plasco building and killed more than 30 brave firefighters. In particular, the Iranians are attacking the Tehran’s Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who was in Qom when the blaze started. The Iranians are also attacking the municipality of Tehran, because it hasn’t given the promised money to the firefighters, in order to modernize the equipment. Finally, another issue of complaining, was the absence of air support for the firefighters, to extinguish the fire. Below one of the tweets, which attacks directly Rahmatollah Hafezi, a Principlist member of Tehran Municipality.


Shamefully, EU decides to lift sanction on Iranian bank used to channel funds to terrorist organizations

Source: Isna.ir, IranWatch

The European Union has decided to lift sanctions on three Iranian companies (Oil Industry Pension Fund Investment Company, Neka Novin and West Sun Trade), and to one Bank, the Bank Sedarat PLC of London. Despite being localized in London, the Bank Sedarat PLC remains 100% owned by Bank Sedarat Iran, which is an Iranian State owned bank. In the United States, this bank remains under sanctions for being one of the channels with which the Iranian regime transfers funds to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Between 2001 and 2006, for example, Tehran transferred $50 million to Hizballah fronts in Lebanon via the Bank Sedarat. By deciding to lift the sanctions against Bank Sedarat PLC, the EU is indirectly giving to Tehran a new possibility to finance international terrorism freely.