The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has painted a dismal picture for the future of relations between the Israeli regime and the regional countries that have normalized their ties with Tel Aviv.
Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks in Tehran on Tuesday during a meeting with the visiting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, General Nadeem Raza, who has traveled to the Iranian capital at the head of a high-ranking military delegation.
Salami said the occupying regime is the enemy of the Muslim world and humanity, saying adding regime was principally dependent on the United States.
He described the fate of rapprochement with the infanticidal regime as bitter.
“The Zionist regime is not even capable of defending itself, and is a regime that is completely lacking in political savvy,” he said. “Then how is it that some Muslim countries seek to depend on it for security or economy? There is no logical explanation for this.”
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized their ties with the occupying regime as part of United States-backed détente deals in 2020. Morocco and Sudan followed suit by inking similar agreements with Tel Aviv.
Palestinians and their regional and international supporters have denounced the agreements as a “stab in the back” of the Palestinian cause of liberation from Israeli occupation and aggression.
Separately, the IRGC chief maintained that the United States’ presence overseas will only create divisions, lengthy civil wars, destruction of civilian homes, displacement of peoples, depriving Muslim nations of their own wealth, and bring along nothing but insecurity, impoverishment, and underdevelopment.
“When we look at Afghanistan, we witness the pernicious and irreparable effects of the Americans’ intervention,” General Salami noted.
Iran’s attitude towards Pakistan’s security
Addressing Iran-Pakistan relations, Salami described the ties as completely amicable and fraternal.
“Apart from enjoying strong and deep-seated instances of commonality, as members of the Muslim world, the countries have common enemies [too],” the Iranian commander said.
Iran considers the Islamic Republic and Pakistan’s security to be the equivalent of each other, Salami said. “We enjoy good brotherly relations with the Pakistani army,” he said, adding, “We confront whatever [element] that could seek to cause damage to these ties.”
In the same context, General Salami laid emphasis on the need for development and reinforcement of the bilateral defensive relations and cooperation in various areas, especially concerning enhancement of security on the common border and the fight against terrorists.
The Pakistani official, for his part, pointed to the numerous areas of commonality between the countries and their nations, and warned that creation of schism and division across the Muslim world was an American and Western design.
“The Americans quit Afghanistan after 20 years without providing the country with security,” he said, adding, “Their (the Americans’) presence did not bring along any achievement.”
Echoing Salami’s remarks, the Pakistani general emphasized the need for development of intelligence and operational cooperation between the two sides towards provision of protection for the common border.