Zarif and Soleimani

Zarif, Soleimani: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Zarif and Soleimani

Archive photo- Iranian regime foreign minister Javad Zarif (Right), meeting with the commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani.

In unprecedented remarks, the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told the state-run daily Entekhab on September 1, 2019: “Commander Soleimani and I never felt we have any differences. We have been working together closely for over 20 years,”

The next day, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) issued a statement which said in part:

“… Zarif, while bowing to the criminal commander of the terrorist Qods Force Qassem Soleimani, reiterated that he and his ministry represent nothing other than the ruling theocracy’s terrorist and warmongering policies.”

“During the U.S. attack on Iraq, as Iran’s representative in New York, I spoke, on orders from the country’s senior leadership, to American officials and had the greatest coordination with commander Soleimani. Subsequently, when I became minister, the two of us decided to make sure we meet at least once a week when we were both in Tehran to review the latest developments and undertake the necessary coordination,” Zarif added.

Time and again, the NCRI and its main component, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)have stated that Zarif is the emissary for a regime, which is the world recorder in executions, is the most active state sponsor of terrorism, is the primary source of crisis and chaos in the region, and is the main patron of Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad in his massacre of the people of Syria. He brags about his companionship with such criminals as Hassan Nasrallah, Imad Mughniyah and Qassem Soleimani.

 “Engaging in trade, maintaining diplomatic ties, and meeting with the regime’s leaders from whichever faction only strengthen and empower the IRGC and the terrorist Qods Force, and provide fuel to the mullahs’ machinery of terror and warmongering,” the NCRI statement concluded.

Zarif’s remarks, as well as decades of experience, confirm that the regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, along with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hold the levers of the regime’s foreign policy. Now, it should be clear, as never before, that there is absolutely no difference between the regime’s factions The Iranian people have recognized this fact as was evident in their chants during 2018 uprising, “Reformers, hardliners, the game is now over.” It is time for Europe to wake up to this reality as well.

Staff writer

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