Thursday, October 28, 2021

Iran’s Next FM: A Diplomat With An IRGC Attitude

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, nominated as foreign minister by Iran’s newly appointed president, Ibrahim Ra’isi , stressed in a parliamentary review that Iran’s foreign policy should be absolutely “Asia-oriented.” In defense of Amir-Abdollahian, some deputies compared him to Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s terrorist designated IRGC Quds Force.

Abdollahian has been the Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs since the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He is one of the figures very close to the “Quds” force, the overseas branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); As described by a Quds Force agent at the Foreign Ministry.

Although not yet approved by parliament, Abdollahian met with the Japanese foreign minister as “special assistant to the speaker of the parliament for international affairs.” Explaining his plans and ideas, Abdollahian defended a “balanced” foreign policy, saying: “A balanced policy means that we must consider the foreign policy priorities of the government of Ibrahim Ra’isi, which is centered on neighborhood policy and Asia-centered policy.” “Because the 21st century belongs to Asia.”

According to Abdollahian, Iran in West Asia will “seek to institutionalize the field achievements of the resistance” and in East Asia will aim to develop economic and trade relations with “emerging economic powers.”

A representative in the parliament, who spoke in defense of the proposed minister, stressed that Abdollahian does not believe in the “duality of the field and diplomacy” and gives priority to the “field”.

The term “field and diplomacy” was coined after the publication of the controversial leaked interview with Iran’s ex-foreign minister. Referring to the role of Qassem Soleimani, he said that in Iran’s foreign policy, the “field” (military operation) overpowers diplomacy. Abdollahian himself had previously announced that he would continue the interventionist path of Qasem Soleimani in foreign policy.

Source: Radio Liberty
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