Commander Urges Iranian Voters’ United Response to Foreign Interference
Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi condemned foreign interference in the process of election in Iran, calling on the nation to thwart a British plot by acting prudently in the upcoming votes, slated for Friday.
Addressing a conference in Tehran on Monday, General Naqdi took a swipe at Britain for instigating disturbance in the process of elections, stressing that foreigners have no right to tell Iranians which electoral list suits them best.
“We must be vigilant and act against Britain’s will,” he stressed.
The outright response follows comments by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, who on Monday complained about the Iranian diplomatic body’s muted response to the recent attempts by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to influence the outcome of the upcoming elections in Iran.
He had called on the Foreign Ministry to show “decisive and proportional” reaction to the British government and embassy in Iran because of BBC’s brazen interference in the country’s domestic issues.
The reactions came after a recent move by BBC encouraging the Iranians not to vote for certain candidates running for the Assembly of Experts.
The Assembly of Experts and parliamentary elections will be held simultaneously next Friday.