Sadegh Kharrazi, Iran’s former ambassador to France, has made some startling comments on the regional foreign policy of Iran. It seems he represents some Iranian circles that have some ‘hope’ with the current regime changes in Egypt, believing they can strategically align Iran with Egypt against Saudi Arabia. Kharrazi believes Turkey would too be included in this alliance.
This actually sounds counter-intuitive when Egypt, past and present, looks closer to Saudi Arabia than Iran. But the interesting bit is the reasoning given by Kharrazi, which gives little importance of Egypt’s position on Israel (or United States.)
Iran and Egypt may have different positions on Israel, but this difference can be reduced. However, on the issue of Palestine and the establishment of a Palestinian state, we share the same position.
Really? You share the same position on Palestine? Someone needs to immediately inform Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, because the man is working on different terms. (or here, here and here). So this begs the obvious question for us in Lebanon: why do we have to be leading the Iranian fight with the Zionist regime, while they can compromise on this principle somewhere else?
What’s amusing about Kharrazi’s analysis is his belief Iran listens to the opinion of its people. Obviously he must be considering the green movement some foreign suspicious agent.
Furthermore, on the subject of referring to the people’s opinion, Iran and Egypt have similar positions as well.
He didn’t say anything though about ‘referring to the people’s opinion’ in Syria. Ah, nevermind, it doesn’t count there…
So what that all means? It means Iran sees Saudi Arabia as the real enemy rather than Israel, and we can reasonably assume it’s mutual from the Saudi side.
And what that means to us in Lebanon? NOT GOOD folks. It means hypocritical foreign policies will continue and Lebanon is likely to stay a battlefield between Iran and Saudi Arabia for some time. Be prepared.