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Iran news round up – December 10, 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Mehrdad Moarefian, with contributors Chris Rawlins, Marie Donovan, Warren Marshall, and Dianna Timmerman. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

Key takeaway: Abdollahian reiterated the Islamic Republic’s rhetorical stance on non-intervention, while highlighting Iran’s regional influence and effective soft power. Iran and Pakistan signed five agreements on technical and trade cooperation.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian highlighted Iran’s regional influence in order to reinforce Iran’s position during its negotiations with the P5+1. The Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, however deliberately differentiated between influence and intervention, citing recent events in Yemen as an example of Tehran’s effective strategy predicated on outreach. Abdollahian neither confirmed nor denied the presence of Iranian military personnel in Iraq and Syria, adding that such efforts would be limited to an advisory role, only at the behest of Baghdad and Damascus. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari, meanwhile, praised Iran for its support in the fight against ISIL and criticized US for its slow and ineffective response.

Following Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani’s official visit to Pakistan, Tehran and Islamabad signed five bilateral agreements to strengthen cooperation in various sectors, underscoring a concerted effort by the neighboring countries to strengthen diplomatic relations despite Iran’s implicit threats to take action against terrorists crossing into Pakistan’s side of the border.


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By AEI Critical Threat


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