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Sunday, July 20, 2008


Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei declared on Saturday that Iran has no enemies and that Iran is "a friend to the nation in Israel and the United States."
Speaking at a tourism convention in Tehran, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei said: “No nation in the world is our enemy, Iran is a friend of the nation in the United States and in Israel, and this is an honor. We view the American nation as one with the greatest nations of the world.”

His words garnered little attention from the Iranian media and the startling rhetoric only appears on his official internet site.
It seems a bit unclear how much sway Mashaei's words have:
While Mashaei holds no sway in Iranian foreign affairs, as an official representative of the Islamic regime in Tehran, his words carry weight – even if they were unplanned.


At 8:31 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

His opinion doesn't reflect the views of the official elite. But it does reflect the views of ordinary Iranians who don't want a conflict between Iran and the U.S and Iran and Israel. However, they are not the ones who make official policy in Iran, which is pretty much a closed society run by the mullahs.


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