Source: al-ain; Yemen Press
Iran admitted that it’s taking steps to increase its support to the Houthi militia in Yemen. The goal of Tehran is to transform the Houthi militia in a new Hezbollah. For this reason, the Quds Force is working to transfer to Sana’a more sophisticated weapons and more military advisers. As proved, the Islamic Republic sends weapons to the Houthi from Somalia, using especially small fishing boats, which are difficult to detect. In Yemen, the main port used by Iran to transfer the weapons to the local Shia militia is the Port of Mukalla. It also seems that, in order to achieve its goal, Tehran is sending the Afghan and Shi’ite Arab veterans of the Syrian war in Yemen, to train the Houthi.
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.
Jafar al-Hosseini, Spokesman of the Iraqi Shia militia Kata’ib Hezbollah – trained and financed by Iran – accused Turkey for the stalling of the Mosul campaign. Al-Hosseini said that Ankara gives direct support to Daesh, from its military Camp Ba’shiqah, helping also the families of the fighters of Daesh to escape from Mosul. He also added that Turkey supplies Daesh with intelligence information, giving to the jihadists logistic support through its pilots. Because of these reasons, Jafar al-Hosseini underlined that there is no diplomatic solutions with Turkey and that the only goal must be the expulsion of the Turkish soldiers using weapons.
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.
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.
Source: Arabi21; El Watan News
Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday Prayer, attacked harshly Saudi Arabia and United States. Speaking about the so called Muslim Ban approved by Trump, Khatami attacked the decision and the exclusion of Saudi Arabia from the list of countries on which the ban was applied. Khatami said that Saudi Arabia is the biggest terrorist camp in the world, and that the Saudis have killed thousands of Americans. He also asked to Riyadh to deliver immediately to Iran the body of the Sheik Nimr al Nimr, executed in Saudi Arabia on January 2, 2016. He also denounced the persecutions of the Shia minority in Saudi Arabia. Speaking about the nuclear deal, Khatami said that the agreement does not contains a single word on the missile tests (which means that Tehran considers itself committed only to the JCPOA and not to the UN resolution 2331).
In a video released yesterday, the Houthi claimed to have destroyed a Royal Saudi Navy Ship, off the coast of Yemen. In the video, it is also possible to listed the Houthi changing typical Iranian regime slogans against America, Israel and the Jews