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.
Different websites and Twitter accounts, reported the killing in Syria of Jalil Mortazavi, Friday prayer leader of Iranian city of Amol (in the north). Despite the news arrived from the social networks, the Iranian agencies denied the information. They also wrote that Mortazavi will return on Sunday in Amol. For the moment, it is not possible to deny, nor confirm, the killing of Jalil Mortazavi. Until now, more than 2000 members of IRGC, were killed in Syria.
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.
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.
During the meeting in the capital of Jordan, Amman, between the Saudi King Salman and the King of Jordan Abdullah II, the two leaders approved a joint statement, condemning the Iranian meddling in the internal affairs of the countries of the region, in the Syrian war and in the Yemeni war.
It line with the words of Salman and Abudllah II, the participants to the Arab League Summit of Amman (March 23-29), are ready to take a strong stance against the behavior of the Iranian regime. The Kurdish press agency Rudaw, revealed the draft of an anti-Iranian resolution, which will be approved during the summit. The document, composed by 15 points, condemns: the Iranian meddling in Arab internal affairs; the Iranian promotion of sectarianism; the Iranian attack against Saudi diplomatic missions in Mashhad and Tehran; the Iranian leaders animosity against the Arab countries; the Iranian occupation of the Emirate islands (Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs); the Iranian and Hezbollah attempt to overthrow the Bahrain’s monarchy; the Iranian role in the Syrian and in Yemeni conflicts. The document also underlined the important verify the fully commit of Iran to the respect of the UN resolution 2231 (approved after the nuclear deal signed in Vienna).
More important, the resolution contains also an article, in which it is written that a special four-party commission will be created, under the leadership of the Foreign Minister of Emirates. The other three members will be the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (inside commission there will be also the Secretary General of Arab League, which will coordinate the activity of the special commission).
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.
In a long interview given to Sky News Arabic, the Patriarch of the Maronite Church Bechara Boutros al-Rahi attacked Hezbollah and the Palestinian community. Speaking about Hezbollah, the 77-year-old Patriarch criticized the Hezbollah’s decision to take part to the Syrian war, accusing the Shia terrorist organization to divide the political system and society of Lebanon. He also added that it cannot be possible to say that “without Hezbollah Lebanon would be an Islamic State”, because it is also possible to affirm that “because of Hezbollah in Lebanon there is an Islamic State”. The Catholic Patriarch described also as abnormal the existence of an armed political party, which is not controlled by the State (attacking indirectly Lebanese President Aoun who recently defended, despite the UN’s requests, the right of Hezbollah to posses weapons). Finally, Bechara Boutros al-Rahi launched also an harsh accusation against the Palestinian community: he accused them of being responsible for the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975.
Source: Tasnim News
Speaking during a ceremony dedicated to the “Afghan martyrs” of the Syrian war, the Hojjat ol Eslam Hajjat Gonabadinejad – Fatimiyoun Brigade Cultural Deputy – announced the creation of the “Fatimiyoun Basij”. He also added that a special mosque was dedicated to the “Fatemyoun warriors” in Mashhad and this religious center serves as a base for cultural activities for the new Basij militia.
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.
Speaking with an Iranian TV channel Ahmed Jibril, Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command (PFLP-GC), has threatened to invade Jordan. Ahmad Jibril, who was in Tehran for the so called “International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada”, attacked the Arab States accusing them of “having deviated” from the support to the Palestinian cause. He added that the liberation of Palestine is an Islamic responsibility” and, because of this reason, “we will enter in Jordan, in order to liberate Palestine, whether we will be welcome or rejected”. Jibril was officially expelled from Jordan in 1971, after the failed PLO’s attempt to overthrow the regime of King Hussein. The war between the Jordanian Army and the Palestinian fedayyn, is known as “Black September”. Ahmed Jibril today lives in Syria and his men are today fighting for the Assad’s regime. During the interview, Jibril also said that he personally met Qassem Soleimani, head of the IRGC Quds Force, in Tehran.