Tomorrow in Riyadh there will be a special meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), dedicated to the Iranian interference in Arab’s internal affairs, in particular in Iraq. The members will also discuss on how to strengthen the defense and military relations, in view of the next meeting in Riyadh on March 15/16. In the meantime, speaking in the UN, Deputy Permanent Representative of UAE Jamal al Musharakh, denounced that Iran is the common denominator of the conflict in Syria and Yemen. He denounced that: “Iran has created more tension and instability in our region, making it a serious threat to the Middle East through its expansionist policies, exporting its revolution to other countries, in flagrant violations of international sovereignty and of the internal affairs of neighboring countries“. Finally, in these hours, Abu Dhabi have announced the condemned to jail two Iranians, accused of smuggling weapons in the United Arab Emirates.
Mehdi Tayeb, head of the Ammar Base – a body created to respond to the “soft war” – said that Iran needs to send weapons to the Houthi rebels, in order to conquer the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. For Tayeb, who is close to the Supreme Leader Khamenei, Tehran needs to send to Yemen surface-to-air missiles, permitting in this way to the Houthis to react to the attacks of the Saudi coalitions and to conquer cities like Riyadh and Jeddah. In the same speech, in front of other Iranian officials, Tayeb attacked the President Rouhani, saying that he has blocked suddenly three arms shipments to Houthis, in order to avoid crisis with United States.
Last Friday, dozens of Jordanian protesters, took the street to express they anger against the Iranian regime. In the last period, there was tension between Amman and Tehran, after the Jordanian king accused the Iranian to interfere in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The anti-Iranian protest was held in Mafraq, and the people demanded the expulsion of the Iranian Ambassador and diplomats in Jordan. During the protest, the demonstrators burned not only the flag of Iran, but also the pictures of Iranian leaders like Khamenei and Rouhani, or the leaders of proxy groups of Tehran (like the Secretary of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, of Bashar al Assad, the leader of the Yemeni Houthi rebels and the former Iraqi Premier al-Maliki). Below the pictures of the protest.
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reacted to the words of Theresa May in Saudi Arabia. In Riyadh, the UK Prime Minister attacked the Iranian regime and its meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab States. The Spokesman of the Iranian MFA, Bahram Ghasemi, rejected the accusation, underlining that Tehran is a factor of stability in the region. Ghasemi accused also the UK to support the terrorists groups in Syria and Iraq. He also attacked London for selling weapons to Riyadh, which are used to bomb Yemen.
In the same hours, the head of the Iranian military navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, announced the intention to send ships in the Atlantic Ocean this year. He also repeated the will to reconstruct the Makran beaches, located in southeast of the country, along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
The Brigades of the Martyrs al-Nasser Mohiuddin – military wing of the Arab Liberation Movement of Ahwaz – attacked an oil pipeline close to Ahwaz, the capital of the Khuzestan Province. After the attack, a video of the action was published on Youtube. A similar action has happened in February 2017, when the Brigades of the Martyrs al-Nasser Mohiuddin attacked the Maroun oil field, the second-largest oil field of Iran.
Source: IR Diplomacy
In an article published on Iran Diplomacy, Mostafa Zahrani, Head of Policy Planning and Strategic Issues at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed his worried about the Iranian strategy in Syria. Zahrani remarked that Russia follows its own interests in Syria and, after the military action started in September 2015, now is focused on a strategy of negotiation with USA and Israel. This strategy is based on avoiding that Hezbollah will create a base on the borders with Israel. For Zarhani, on this issue, Moscow agrees with United States and Israel.
Zahrani also added that, when Tehran started its involvement in Syria, the idea was that the action would be short and the enemy would be defeated quickly. This optimism, did not permit to Iran to think about an exit strategy from the conflict. Now, being without an exit strategy, it became a big problem for the Islamic Republic and Iran needs to find a solution soon. For Mostafa Zarhani, also Turkey is in the same situation of Iran.
The Interior Ministry of Bahrain, announced the arrest of 14 people, part of a terrorist cell linked to Iran. The statement also said that, the 14 elements, were directly coordinated by the Iranian Pasdaran. Six of the terrorists have received training by the Iranian IRGC, five by Hezbollah and 3 by local elements. The goal of the terrorist cell was to assassinate important figures of the State and carrying out operations against convoys of members of the security apparatus. In the last years, the 14 members of the cell did around 66 trips to Iran. One of the terrorists arrested, Yasser Ahmed Abdullah Ali, not only admitted to have received training by Pasdaran, but also that he had the task to attack US soldiers in Bahrain.
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.
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.