‘Assad still Iran’s redline’

TEHRAN, Apr. 10 (MNA) – Head of Iran’s Strategic Research Center, noting the US’ interventionist policies in Middle East called John Kerry’s remarks on Iran baseless and reaffirmed that Syrian President Bashar Assad is still Iran’s redline.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who was speaking in a program of IRIB on Saturday night, said Islamic Republic of Iran is proud of being an independent country and has to shape its structure in a way to decrease its vulnerability.

“Self-sufficiency is an effective tool in defensive and economic fields and provides independence; therefore Iran has to move in this direction based on guidelines offered by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution,” said the official.

Considering the opportunities provided for investment in Iran after removal of sanctions, Velayati warned on possible consequences “one of the tasks defined for great global corporations is infiltration and they usually follow political aims through economic means; however Iran’s supervising establishments are fully concerned.”

“Middle East has never been more tumultuous during the history; except Iran, which is enjoying security, the other regional states are suffering from the situation directly or indirectly and the independence of some of these countries is under threat,” regretted former Iranian diplomat.

“This is the result of interventionist policies of US, West and Israel,” added Velayati; “US decides for other countries and even dares to decide for Iran, which is a sovereign country, to have defensive systems or not,” said he, underlining, “however, the countries resist [the policies] based on their power and authority; Iraqi nation is resisting the US influence for years and Syrian resistance has foiled the plot.”

Emphasizing that the countries seeking a vital regional role have to strengthen their independence and sovereignty, Velayati reaffirmed Iran’s key role in the region calling it the pioneer of Islamic Awakening during the past two centuries led by Late Imam Khomeini and Ayatollah Khamenei.

“Iran’s position in the region proves the great capacity of Islam in providing capability to resist the intervention; any establishment that has followed Iran’s model has accomplished,” stated the official, adding, “world Muslims consider Iran as a proper model and follow its method; this the main cause of hostilities practiced by West against Iran.”

He then noted the remarks made by US Secretary of State John Kerry against Iran while meeting with some regional counterparts, and said, “one of the characteristics of Mr. Kerry is bragging; his sayings in meetings with some regional officials are baseless and deceitful.”

“The question is whose creation is the ISIL? Hasn’t Mrs. Clinton said in her book that ISIL is formed by US? American officials are at the moment supporting the most vicious terrorists of all history in Syria while Iran has helped Iraqi and Syrian governments in fight against terrorism on their legal request,” underlined Velayati.

“Kerry is a shameless person who inverts the facts obviously; he calls resistance movements of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, who are defending their territorial integrity, as terrorists and introduces Iran as supporter of the terrorism, but ignores that US tries the most to back the terrorist Zionist regime,” he continued.

“US was defeated in Afghanistan and Iraq; now they try to infiltrate through a new window into Iraq and Syria and ask Iran to overlook the situation; yet Iran is helping these countries on the request of their governments and this is not in US concern to talk about it,” underlined Leader’s advisor in international affairs.

“They ask Iran to help settle the Syrian issue, but what they mean is to help toppling Bashar Assad; Iran’s response is that you don’t have the right to decide for the Syrian people and their president,” reaffirmed Velayati. “Iran is supporting Syrian and Iraqi nation against terrorists with honor and didn’t let the US to dominate the issue as they are seeking disintegration of Islamic countries to form puppet states supportive of Zionist regime.”

“It’s now more than a year that Saudis are bombarding Yemen; but finally they realized that they have to negotiate with Ansarullah revolutionary movement and military measures are ineffective,” Velayati said.

He noted that US wants Iran to draw back regarding the defense power, “however, lack of self-sufficiency in defense power means lack of resistance and failure in negotiations as the politics of no country would work without support of power.”

“The world we live in today is not based on rationality; therefore we have to reinforce our power to be able to sit at negotiation table, which needs the balance of both sides,” underlined Velayati.

Reaffirming that Americans’ dream of regaining control in Iran would never come true, Velayati emphasized, “the time for US intervention in the region is over and the Islamic Awakening surge would not settle despite all ups and downs.”

“The resistance and authority of Leader of Islamic Revolution in saving the nuclear technology, made the US to come to the negotiation table; Leader’s stance is resistance against the Western arrogance particularly the US and despite all rumors, there is no behind the scene negotiations,” reiterated the official.

Given Saudi Arabia’s recent acts, Velayati advised the Saudi officials to return to Islamic values in order to save the dignity of the Arab state, saying, “Saudis are acting irrationally and against their national interests; Takfiris today are inspired by Wahhabi doctrines and this would be harmful to Saudi Arabia.”

“Karabakh conflict was motivated with foreign provocations; it seems probable that the Caucasian militia of the ISIL try to create tension and instability in areas near southern borders of Russia as US and its allies failed in Syria; yet the tension has to be settled through talks and fortunately the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia both have admitted the temporary ceasefire; if they accept Iran as mediator, peace could be established by help of Russia,” said head of Strategic Research Center.

“Iran and Russia have common concerns regarding the West while both are Asian and share borders in Caspian Sea,” reaffirmed Velayati, noting, “recent cooperation between Iran and Russia on Syria showed that the prospect of Tehran-Moscow strategic cooperation is possible and handy; bilateral ties are based on common interests and the more strategic the interests are, the closer ties get.”

“Iran believes that Bashar Assad has to remain the president till the end of his term; his presidency is the redline for Iran and it should not be discussed in Syria peace talks,” underlined Velayati.




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