Tehran Times Editor-in-Chief:

KRG referendum alternative to Qatari crisis

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TEHRAN, Oct. 03 (MNA) – The acting editor-in-chief of The Tehran Times said an earlier referendum on the Kurdish region would have alleviated the need for Americans and Zionists to form a crisis between Qatar and Persian Gulf littoral states.

Speaking at a meeting on the crisis in Qatar held at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies, Mohammad Ghaderi said roots of the Qatari crisis must be traced in the years 2010-2016 adding “the common point among all south Persian Gulf littoral states was to confront the Arab Spring.”

The official, while referring to Qatar’s support for Ikhwan Islamic militia, noted that the Ikhwan movement was directly backed by Qataris who later began to support Al-Nusra terrorist group.

He clarified that opposition groups in Syria lacked agreement for receiving political and ideological supply from various sources.

Ghadei stated that the Zionist regime and the US failed to achieve their goals in Syria since effective action by Iran and Hezbollah prevented further movement of terrorists. He later pointed to joint targeting of some Persian Gulf states to confront Islamic Awakening with the intellectual support of Mossad, the CIA and MI6 saying “regional crises were ignited with the aim of preventing dominoes of Islamic awakening and benchmarking the Islamic Revolution.”

Mohammad Ghaderi of Mehr News International Service said Americans and the Zionists soon realized that their plans to deal with Islamic Awakening were far-fetched thanks to the successful operations carried out against terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

He noted that the issue of referendum on the Iraqi Kurdistan was an alternative proposition once these countries had failed to reach their goals in fostering regional crisis.

Ghaderi also touched upon the change in America’s policies in the Middle East since Donald Trump had taken office explaining that Saudis, affected by threatening talks by Trump during his presidential campaign, decided to enter a deal with the US.

“The image changed completely during Trump’s first visit to Saudi Arabia as old differences between Arab states and Qatar would be refreshed once again.”

He stated that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) would always magnify anti-Iranian stances adding “internal differences would always remain hidden in PGCC statements in order to highlight the anti-Iranian showcase though the Riyadh meeting changed the game.”

Ghaderi also stressed that ethnic intolerance and tribal differences between Arabs in the Persian Gulf were other sources of dispute among these countries.

He recalled that the public opinion had concluded that ISIL was a terrorist group and had to be eliminated; “at this point, Persian Gulf states felt time was ripe to find a guilty state and accused Qatar of all they had done over the years in supporting terrorists.”

Referring to the ingenious game of the English in the region, he said England has always sought to strike a balance between regional currents would never allow a group to overcome the other.

The Tehran Times acting editor-in-chief, referring to reactions of various countries after the crisis in Qatar and the Gulf states, said Turkey stood next to Qatar after the crisis and supported the country by breaking economic sanctions.

Ghaderi also emphasized Iran’s effective behavior in the face of Qatari crisis underlining that Iran prevented Americans from implementing their evil plot against Qatar.

Referring to the conditions set for Qatar by Arab countries, he emphasized that the orders meant to eliminate Qatar's power structures and they included breaking ties with Iran and Hezbollah, shutting down the Al Jazeera network and removing Turkish troops.

Mohammad Ghaderi said an earlier referendum on the Kurdish region would have alleviated the need for a crisis between Qatar and Persian Gulf littoral states; “separation of the Kurdish region from Iraq, the region will turn into backyard of the Zionist regime.”

Translated by: Mohammad Hossein Azari

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