Defeats in Iraq, Syria Behind Anti-Iran Stances

Yahya Rahim SafaviYahya Rahim Safavi

A senior military adviser to the Leader of Islamic Revolution said the stances adopted by certain countries against the Islamic Republic at the recent Munich Security Conference are rooted in their defeats in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency on Saturday, Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi denounced recent anti-Tehran remarks by the representatives of some countries in the confab and said they are angry over their defeats in Iraq and Syria.

"The fact is that the proxy wars waged by the US, Zionists [Israelis], Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in Syria and Iraq have failed," he said.

"The immature stances adopted by some countries in the Munich conference originated from their anger over the defeats."

Safavi further highlighted Iran's successful strategy in countering regional terrorists, saying the Islamic Republic's success in restoring security to Syria and Iraq has infuriated those who created terror groups like the self-styled Islamic State terrorist group. The remarks came after Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Israel's Avigdor Lieberman delivered harsh speeches against Iran in the MSC in Germany.

The Israeli official even sought to support Riyadh, alleging that Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East.

In response, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said the Saudi and Israeli regimes are both attempting to "provoke the international atmosphere" against Iran to cover up their own defeats and failed policies in the region.

Qasemi stressed that the recurring tone of Saudi and Israeli officials, whose regimes are collaborating in the suppression of people in the region, demonstrates "painful frustration and resentment".

"It is a pity that the occupying regime of Israel has counted on the cooperation of an Islamic country—Saudi Arabia—to pursue its anti-Iran policies," he said.

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