Brigadier General Morteza Saffari, Chancellor of Imam Hossein Comprehensive University, revealed that in 2016, Iran sent around 100 students from the Imam Hossein University in Syria, to fight the jihad for Bashar al Assad. These students were enlisted inside the Revolutionary Guards. Recently another Iranian official, has admitted that Iran has lost 2100 people in the Syrian war.
Source: Egypt FM Facebook Page; alkhaleejonline.net
Speaking in a radio interview, the Spokesman of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Ahmed Abu Zeid, praised the relations between Cairo and Riyadh. Abu Zeid also announced that soon Saudi Arabia will restart to supply Egypt with oil. Regarding the relations with Iran, Abu Zeid said that, despite Egypt recognizes the size of a country such Iran, it also considers negatively the Iranian intervention in the region.
The interview of Abu Zeid is particularly important for two reasons: first, it represent a negative answer to the recent attempt of the Iranian speaker of the Parliament, Ali Larijani, to court Egypt, in order to strengthen the relations between Cairo and Tehran. Second, it could indicate a new wave in the Egyptian foreign policy, in which Cairo will be more close to the position of the Arab League, especially in condemning the pro Iranian axis, as requested by the Gulf States.
Source: RT Arabic
Speaking in a press conference Ali Larijani – the Speaker of the Iranian Parliament – said that Tehran sees positively all the initiatives that will bring to a normalization of the relations between the Islamic Republic and Egypt. Larijani added that Tehran and Cairo have taken two different paths after the signing of the Camp David agreement between Egypt and Israel, but that today the conditions are changing and the two countries share common interests. Despite all these words, Larijani was forced to admit that until now the steps taken in the direction of the normalization of the diplomatic relations, did not achieve the strengthening of the relations between Iran and Egypt.
Source: Youtube; al-Ahed News, Gulf News
In an interview with an Egyptian TV channel, the Lebanese President Aoun defended the weapons of Hezbollah. Instead of asking to the Party of God to surrender their weapons, as also requested by the UN resolution 1559, President Aoun said that these weapons must be considered as “part of the resistance”, and that Hezbollah is complementary to the Lebanese army and an essential part of the protection of Lebanon. Aoun defended also the Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria, saying that it is not part of a regional conflict, but part of the fight against terrorism.
After this interview, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, decided to cancel his visit in Beirut, planned for the end of March. With the goal of ease the tension between Riyadh and Beirut, King Salman received President Aoun in Saudi Arabia last January 10, 2017.
After the popular protest of last week in Khuzestan, the Iranian President Rouhani arrived in the region in order to promise changes and more attention to the local necessities. Despite the promises, the arrival of Rouhani was greeted with harsh anti-regime protests. As it’s possible to see in many videos uploaded online, thousands of people marched chanting slogans like “Death to Tyranny” and slogans in praise of Saudi’s King Salman. Also the students of the Ahwaz University protested, chanting “Marg Bar Dikator“, Death to Dictator.
Maj. Gen. Ahmed Saif Al Yafei, Deputy Chief of the Yemeni Army, denounced that Iran is using the so called “Seven Brothers Islands” (also known as Seba Islands), an archipelago close to the Bab-el Mandeb Strait, as the first way to smuggle weapons in Yemen. From the Seba Islands, the Iranian Pasdaran are sending the weapons to the Yemeni ports of Hodeidah and Mokha. The Seba Islands are controlled by the Republic of Djibouti. Maj. Gen. Yafei also denounced the involvement of Hezbollah in the weapons smuggling and the fact that many commanders Houthi killed by Yemeni Army, have graduated in Iranian academies.
Source: al-Akhbar; al-binaa; al-boselh; Maan News
Today will start in Tehran the so called “Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada”. The goal of the conference is to “fight the spirit of Madrid”, which means to avoid the normalization of the relations between Israel and the Arab world. In this contest, as pro Hezbollah newspaper al-Akhbar reveals, Tehran is ready to form special “committees” to give “material and cultural support to Palestinian resistance” (which means weapons and pro Iran ideology).
As Iran announced, in the conference there will be representatives from 80 countries, and from all the Palestinian factions. From Syria arrived Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, Speaker of the Syrian Parliament and from Lebanon Nabih Berri, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament. But, it seems that the Iranian authorities did not consider the contrariety of some Arab States to this conference. First, the Government of al-Sisi.
On Monday the Egyptian authorities have blocked a delegation composed by members of the Islamic Jihad, who was leaving the Gaza Strip to reach Tehran. The delegation was composed by Khaled al-Batsh and Daoud Shihab. It seems that with them there was also Ibrahim al-Naja, who is known as a member of Fatah.
Hamas has announced its participation to the conference. Hamas’s participation to the conference in Iran, marks a new step the rapprochement between the Palestinian terrorist organization and the Iranian regime, after the crisis on the Syrian war.
Last week hundreds of Iranians, belonging to the Arab minorities, demonstrated in the streets of Ahvaz (against the regime indifference over the environment situation in the Khuzestan Province and the water shortage. The protest was also supported by many activists in the social networks, especially in Twitter. One of the supporters was Mostafa Tajzadeh, former member of the Government of President Khatami, jailed in Evin Prison between 2009 and 2016. In Twitter, Tajzadeh challenges the regime, asking if is more important to continue to finance the regime of Bashar al Assad in Syria, instead of protect the territory and the people of Khuzestan. He added that, considered the regime’s choises, what happened was not unexpected.
Source: Mehr News Arabic, Erem News
Reacting to the accuses made by Erdogan in Bahrain – who accuses Iran of seeking to divide Iraq and Syria, to impose the “Persian nationalism” – the Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Ghasemi, said that Tehran has a positive role of stability in Iraq. He also added that, the Iranian involvement in Iraq, was the direct consequence of a request of the Government of Baghdad, in order to fight the “Takfiri terrorist groups”. Referring indirectly also to Turkey, Ghasemi said that it is necessary not only to understand who plays a positive role, but also the other parties, who are seeking chaos, supporting terror secretly in order to “take advantage of them as tools for obtaining their goals”.
Source: al-Quds al-Arabi
In an interview published in Arabic on al-Quds al-Arabi, Italian ex Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi, denounced the Iranian regime connections with the Sunni terrorist group al-Qaeda. In particular, Ambassador Terzi denounced that Tehran is using especially Hezbollah to maintain the relations with al-Qaeda, in order to keep a low profile. Terzi explained that the relations between Iran and al-Qaeda started in early 1990 in Sudan, promoted by Hasan al Turabi. Using the Quds Force, the Islamic Republic has become a safe heaven for the terrorists of al-Qaeda, also for Sunni terrorists who arrived in Syria after 2011. About the intelligence relations between Damascus and Rome, Terzi expressed his doubts over the effectiveness of this cooperation, because of Syrian regime support to terrorism.