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A military truck carrying a missile and a picture of Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – REUTERS

London- Mohsen Rezaei, a former IRGC commander, stated that Iran will not stop supporting Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. Rezaei added during an interview with U.S. newspaper Christian Science Monitor that Iran will not rage a war against Saudi Arabia unlike the propaganda war which will continue as long as Riyadh is adopting the same attitude in the region.

This interview coincided with first of its kind statements made by IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani on the ongoing political conflict in Iran, following critics demanding him to cease military intervention in Syria.

Rezaei revealed Iran’s motives to intervene in the Arab internal affairs, especially in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and Iraq. He actually admitted that it is an implicit war on Syria.

In a related matter, Soleimani accused internal parties in Iran of trying to persuade the Iranians that the country is in an international isolation. Soleimani delivered his speech during a conference held on the honor of Iran casualties in the First Gulf War.

Commenting on the Iranian role in the region, Soleimani said that toppling Saddam Hussein by the U.S. for the sake of the Iraqi people is a lie. He implicitly criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani determination to rebuild relations with other countries, considering that anyone – who tries to make enemies appear like friends – is a traitor.

Soleimani also defended the Iranian policy in Iraq and Syria, warning of the contradiction of stances in Iran towards the current topics in the region. The conflict in the region gets a “special attention”, according to Soleimani.

He reiterated that Iran is a safe country of remarkable security and political position.

This statement was sarcastically received by the Iranians who believe that Iran’s security stands on the destruction of neighboring countries.

Hours following Rouhani’s statement on Iran’s openness to establish relations with the world countries including Western ones, General Hussein Salami, the Deputy Commander of the IRGC, described negotiations with the U.S. as a waste of time.

He considered it a silly idea to believe that the U.S. will keep its promises.