TEHRAN, Nov. 07 (Press Shia Agency) – Former IRGC general has said in a world of incipient multi-polarity, different powers now seek influence and hegemony with the west failing to hold the center.

Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi who was speaking in an international Geopolitical Crises of Islamic World in Shahid Beheshti University on Monday, believed that crises in the Middle East had been under the effect of two classes of causes, regional and international. “The international causes are the US, Zionists, and the west in general whose policies to secure political hegemony in the critical region have contributed to crises; the regional causes are vested interests and ambitions of Saudi Arabia in a rivalry with Iran,” he told the meeting. “The west has failed to keep a unipolar system and the diversity of small regional powers which work to gain grounds in the Middle East provides testimony to the incipient multi-polarity. Now India and China emulate as well as challenge the power and hegemony of the US. ”

“Iran provides a formidable rival to Saudi Arabia in the kingdom’s pursuit of influence in Middle East and in conflict grounds in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen; Saudis are the major player behind the exacerbation of the conditions which would not deny the fact that they are in collaboration with the Zionists,” said Safavi, “in a turmoil of the region, only traders of weapons make huge profits from the situation; Saudis have purchased arms from the US and Britain, worth $100bn and $7bn respectively; even Japan would make profit by exporting thousands of its Toyota to terrorists fighting in the region; the west certainly controls the flow of resources to and other transactions with terrorists through their own communication systems, which are highly sophisticated.”

Former IRGC general warned Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey for their ‘dangerous ambitions,’ the former general believed pursued expansion in the expense of the Iraqi territorial integrity, mainly in Mosul; “the Iraqi Kurdistan leaders, specially Mr. Barzani, should know that they are indebted to Iran’s support for saving Erbil from fall into terrorists; with an Iranian origin ethnically, Kurds of Iraq would be abandoned to their own means should they be involved in prolonged political rivalries; this is unacceptable that the Kurdistan government gradually comes to clash with the Iraqi central government; Mr. Brazani should not enter Saudi trap to allow anti-Iranian activities inside Iraqi Kurdistan,” he emphasized.

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