Iran’s Foreign Ministry rejected the recent accusations made by Saudi Arabia’s defense minister as complete nonsense resulting from a sense of frustration and part of Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud’s “delusive policies that are based upon lies”. History shows that trans-regional powers’ interference brings about nothing but insecurity in the very same countries that have invited the aliens, the Iranian spokesman noted, adding that foreign interference in the region leads to “instability, division, and the spread of terrorism and violence”. In recent meetings in the US, bin Salman and American authorities accused Iran of seeking expansionist moves in the Middle East and of sponsoring terrorist organizations.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari made it clear that the IRGC personnel are not allowed to get involved in political activities for the upcoming presidential election.“Like in the past, nobody in the IRGC, neither the guards (IRGC troops) nor the commanders, is permitted to interfere in the elections politically or factionally and to discredit the candidates”, he have said. Iran is going to hold its 12th presidential election on May 19.
Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Mohammad EbrahimTaherianFard made assurances that the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry will not allow disrespect for its citizens in neighboring countries and will show proper reaction. TaherianFard reacted to a video footage recently published in social media showing Turkish policemen beating some Iranian nationals in Gürbulak border checkpoint, saying the authenticity of the footage has not been confirmed yet and is under investigation and he added, the Iranian embassy in Turkey will seriously follow up on the issue.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, underlined the necessity for closer cooperation between the two neighboring countries in economic fields and in strengthening security along their joint borders. The first have said: “Our borders should remain borders of brotherhood and friendship in a bid to prevent terrorist groups from taking advantage of them” and “To that end” Rouhani added “we are ready for closer cooperation in the fight against terrorism which is a menace for all sides”. He described the two countries economic ties in the past year as “progressive” and at the same time noted that the two sides enjoy abundant capacity to further deepen their ties.The other part said that Iran and Pakistan are “brothers and neighbors” and will remain together irrespective of all possible challenges.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif criticized Western countries for their failure to effectively fight against global narcotics trafficking. “West’s failure to prevent drug trafficking is a major problem. The fight against drug smuggling should not be politicized”, Zarif said Monday in a meeting with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director YuryFedotov in Tehran. Voicing the Islamic Republic’s readiness to increase its cooperation with the UNODC in the global fight against illicit drugs, the Iranian minister said Iran is paying a high price for its contribution to the battle against narcotics and other countries should take on more responsibility and equally pay the price for the sake of security.Iran is on a major transit route for drugs being smuggled from Afghanistan to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan praised the preparedness of the country’s Armed Forces, saying the forces will never be surprised by any aggressor and will make it regret its acts.“Given the preparedness of the Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and other Armed Forces, they will never be confounded under any circumstances”, he said. He further pointed to recent war games staged by the Islamic Republic and said the main objectives behind them is to warn those who have immature dreams of invading Iran and to create preparedness and test the new defense equipment. In case of any foreign aggression, definitely the aggressor will regret its action, he noted.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani travelled to the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Thursday to address the woes that paralyzed the energy-rich province last week in the wake of flooding and dust storm. The trip comes a few days after Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei deplored the “heartrending” problems of Khuzestan, calling on officials to devise plans and mobilize efforts to find a decisive solution to the problems that have afflicted the province, including flooding, dust pollution and blackouts. “The officials are duty-bound to address these problems; and if somebody cares about the people, they could not be indifferent to Khuzestan’s hardships; and it is a certain, immediate and permanent duty of governments to care about people”, the Leader said on Monday. The disruptive dust storms push pollution in those border areas to alarming levels, raising health concerns.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the Palestinian issue as a deep wound in the body of the Islamic Ummah and an embarrassment for the international community and some Muslim states. “Is not a problem of a people or a nation but is a sign of injustice and oppression and disregard for international law and inefficiency of international bodies on the one hand, and a symbol of continued endeavors of a nation to restore their rights”, he said addressing the 6th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada (uprising) in Tehran. It is also a “disgrace for the international community and a shame for certain Islamic countries”, he added. The 6th International Conference on Palestinian Intifada, kicked off in Tehran on Tuesday with around 700 foreign officials and intellectuals, including 18 parliament speakers.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi rejected a Canadian court’s ruling ordering Tehran to pay the legal costs of victims of what it has alleged to be “Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks”. His comments came after Justice Glenn Hainey ruled that Iran should pay the $300,000 legal bills of the victims who had sought compensation in the Ontario court under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, he deplored the Canadian judge’s decision for neglecting international regulations and equality of states.
Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the Islamic Republic is not going to allow the US to overstep its redlines. “Today, Iran is stronger (than the US) both politically and strategically and has great capabilities in all fields, which Washington does not favor”. Iran has specific redlines in the region and we will never allow the US to cross them, Boroujerdi said in an interview.“Americans have always been seeking to defeat Iran and its allies (in the region), the Resistance (Front) in particular, but have failed to do so,” he added.