Iranophobia Projects Falling Flat

Iranophobia Projects Falling FlatIranophobia Projects Falling Flat

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said projects by the Israeli and Saudi Arabian regimes to portray Iran as a threat to the world have fallen flat over the past few years.

Speaking to a group of Iranian expatriates in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Monday, Zarif said Tel Aviv and Riyadh, "two like-minded regimes", are investing heavily in Iranophobia to draw attention away from their crimes and their collaborations.

"It is obvious that the cooperation of the Zionist regime [Israel] and the Saudi regime, which are two like-minded and congruent regimes, has today become known and can no longer be concealed," Zarif was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Zarif said the two regimes are concerned about their collaboration having become publicly known and are thus "investing further in Iranophobia" as a means of distraction.

  Real Threat

The Iranian foreign minister noted that the world has today wakened up to the fact that the danger of Wahhabism is the real threat.

Wahhabism is an extreme ideological strand openly preached by Saudi Arabian clerics who have the blessing of the ruling Saudi authorities.

It is the main ideological bedrock of takfiri militant groups that declare people of other faiths as infidels and, based on decrees of their clerics, declare that they deserve to be killed.

Most Arab governments have no diplomatic relations with Israel. Egypt and Qatar are the only two Arab states to have open diplomatic ties with Israel.

Some Arab governments, however, while posing as Israel's traditional adversaries, have maintained secret ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

Last week, a retired general in the Saudi military traveled to Israel at the head of a delegation, meeting with the Israeli Foreign Ministry's Director General Dore Gold Yoav Mordechai and a number of Knesset members.

Both Riyadh and Tel Aviv continue to be fiercely opposed to the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

In his Monday remarks, Foreign Minister Zarif said the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, succeeded in proving to the world the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program.

The JCPOA was struck between Iran and the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany on July 14, 2015.

Zarif was in Ghana on the second leg of a four-nation African tour. He was in Nigeria before arriving in Ghana and will be traveling to Guinea-Conakry and Mali on the third and fourth legs of his tour.