US pursues division of Mideast states: Rafsanjani
Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has stressed the importance of remaining vigilant in the face of regional issues, saying the US intends to disintegrate the countries in the Middle East.
“In recent days, there have been revelations of talks to break up Syria, Iraq and Yemen into smaller countries,” Rafsanjani said on Monday.
He added that global developments have not worked out to the benefit of the arrogant and colonial powers, particularly the US and Europeans.
They have come to the conclusion that strong and big countries in the region are not in their interests, the top Iranian cleric said.
He added that the US Congress has been pursuing a plan since years ago to split the region into smaller countries.
Rafsanjani emphasized that Iran is currently the only safe haven in the Middle East which can play a fundamental role in maintaining the stability of the region.
Saying that Iranian officials and nation should be very vigilant given the existing situation in the region and across the world, he added, “We should remain vigilant [to be able] to safeguard unity and harmony in the country as a real need,” the Expediency Council head pointed out.
A draft of a US annual defense bill, which was released on April 27 by the House Armed Services Committee, urges the US government to recognize separate Kurdish and Sunni states and provide them with at least 25 percent of the USD-715-million aid money allegedly planned to be given to the Iraqi government to help it fight the ISIL terrorist group.
The draft bill also says the figure could even amount to 60 percent of the money; about USD 429 million.
Iraqi politicians and clerics are opposed to the idea, saying that only the Iraqi people can decide about the future of their country.