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.
Source: Digarban, Good Morning Iran
Few days ago the Iranian MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana announced the arrest of 12 officials with double citizenship, all accused of spying for the enemy. In that occasion, he also mentioned an Iranian Minister with wife and son in Italy. Now, Hussein Ali Haji Degana is continuing to push on Rouhani on this issue, announcing the intention to open a special inquiry on this Minister (in Iran all are aware that he is speaking about the Minister of Industry Reza-Nematzadeh). The Iranian MP asked to Rouhani to receive more information on the case, denouncing that the family of the Minister could have already obtained the Italian citizenship, or will obtain it soon.
Source: Radio Farda
The Iranian MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana, revealed that Iran has arrested 12 top officials – between them former nuclear negotiators – with double citizenship. All of them are accused of spying for “Western power”. He also said that also Cyrus Nasseri, advisor of Rouhnai’s brother Hossein Fereydoun, is under inquiry, but he has already fled the country (Nassiri is also accused of spying). Finally, without mentioning the name, Hussein Ali Haji accused a Minister of Rouhani’s Government, of being a potential traitor for having his wife and sons abroad, in Italy (Haji, referring to this Minister said, “what we expect that will happen in this ministry, under his leadership?”).
Source: Defa Press
A military delegation from Italy – composed by five people – is visiting Iran. The delegation will remain in Iran until September 7. The goal of the visit is to strengthen the military relations between Rome and Tehran. Today, the Iranian press reported that, during the meeting with Iran’s Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, the Italian Rear-Admiral Roberto Chia Marcella has invited the Iranian ships to dock in the Italian territorial water. The Italian military official also added that “in the future, we will witness Italian vessels berthing at Iran southern harbors“.
This news is very important for different reasons. The main important one is that Italy is a Nato’s country and a key ally of United States in the Mediterranean Sea. Commenting the meeting with his Italian counterpart, Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari underlined that “Italy enjoys around 8,000 kilometers (4970 miles) of maritime border and the Mediterranean is [also] strategically very significant given the fact that it connects the important Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar“. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has always said that Iran “sees Italy as gateway to interact with Europe”.
The Italian delegation visited also the Imam Khomeini Naval University of Noshahr. We close remembering that, only in January 2016, Iranian Navy Commander Avoids Sitting beside US Counterpart in Bangladesh Conference (Fars News).
Source: Zamanalwsl.net , al-Quds al Arabi
Rumors arrived from Beirut about a secret visit in Rome, paid by the head of the Syrian intelligence. It seems that the man is Maj. Gen. Mohammed Bin Zaitoun, the head of the Syrian General Security Directorate. The source of the (unconfirmed) information, revealed that the Syrian official arrived in Rome with a delegation and met with his Italian counterpart (plus other local security officials). In theory, Maj. Gen. Bin Zaitoun cannot travel outside Syria, in consideration of the EU and US sanctions against him, for abusing of human rights and repression of civil protests. If confirmed, it will be the first time since many years, that a Syrian security official visits an European capital. The parts also discussed about the diplomatic relations between Italy and Syria, and the possible return of the Italian Ambassador in Damascus.
The ladies were part of the Italian delegation which arrived in Iran on April 12, led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Their dress represents the style of the more conservative women in Iran and is an humiliation for the Iranian women who are fighting for their freedom.
Source: Digarban, BBC Persian
Speaking in Qom, the head of the Basij militia General Muhammad Reza Naqdi, attacked the President Hassan Rouhani for his travel in Europe (in Italy and France). For Naqdi, these travels – and the agreement signed there – are against the “economy of resistance”, an important value of the Iranian system, promoted directly by the Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei. Naqdi also denounced the risks of the “soft war”, through the infiltrations of Western science and conspiracies inside the Islamic Republic (in Farsi this risk is called “Nufuz“). Naqdi also underlined that France is the first enemy of the Iranian revolution and it is today the headquarter of the opposition group MKO (Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization).
Before Naqdi, also the newspaper Kayhan – very close to the Rahbar Khamenei – attacked the President and the Italian Government, calling an ‘humiliation’ the decision of organizing the press conference between Rouhani and Matteo Renzi – Rome’s Prime Minister – under the statue of Marcus Aurelius, the emperor who defeated the Parthian Empire (Radio Farda).
Source: Al Alam, Egypt News,
Speaking during his last press conference in Italy – before the next visit in France – the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attacked Saudi Arabia. Even if Rouhani has repeated that Tehran wants friendly relations with Riyadh, he condemned the execution of Sheikh al Nimr, and the “Saudi aggression against Yemen”. Rouhani also denounced that Saudi Arabia has failed to achieve its goals in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The Iranian President underlined that the Saudis’s actions are “helping the terrorists” (meaning Isis). Because of this, even if Riyadh apologizes with the Muslims, it will be insufficient.
In the end of his speech, Rouhani also remembered the last incident during the Hajj (the holy pilgrim to Mecca), accusing Saudi Arabia of “incompetence“. Speaking about the attack against the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Iran, Rouhani remarked that the Iranian security forces have done all they had to do and there is no reason to apologize (on Tuesday, visiting France, the former chief of Saudi Intelligence, Turki al-Faisal, asked Iran to apologize for what happened in Tehran).
Source: MashreghNews, President.ir
An Italian delegation visited Iran in these days. The delegation was led by Italian FM Gentiloni and the Minister of Development Guidi. The two pictures below, were taken during the meeting of the Italian delegation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. As it’s possible to see, an Italian lady arrived in the meeting with an unbelievable – and not very diplomatic-style – pair of trousers. The Iranian people started to comment the photos, and many of them expressed anger, asking more respect for the formal style requested during meetings in the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian regime it’s well known for the ban imposed to women on the possibility to watch volleyball matches in public. Recently, Amnesty International has launched an appeal for Ghoncheh Ghavami, a woman arrested more than one month ago, for her attempt to enter in the Azadi Stadium, to assist to the match Iran-Italy. The ban imposed on Iranian women is connected to the Islamic law, in particular to the morality that the Velayat-e Faqih wants to impose to the female gender. Despite the propaganda, it seems that this attention for the morality, does not include the Iranian representatives all around the world. In this photo, for example, it is possible to see the Iranian Ambassador in Poland Ramin Mehmanparast – former Foreign Ministry’s spokesman during Ahmadinejad presidency – with a very beautiful girl supporter of Iran…The pictures was taken during the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship held in Poland between 30 August to 21 September 2014. And…by the way…it doesn’t seem that this lady follows the rights Islamic dress code…