9, April 2017
Iran has dismissed as “ridiculous” the Jordanian monarch’s juxtaposition of the Islamic Republic with the Takfiri Daesh group in a recent interview with The Washington Post. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was reacting to King Abdullah’s arguement that Israeli settlements were playing into the hands of Iran and Daesh which has the second or third biggest number of its members from Jordan.
“These issues give ammunition to the Iranians, to [Daesh ringleader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi and ISIS (Daesh),” the Jordanian king said in the interview published on Thursday. Qassemi said, “Making baseless and ridiculous comparisons between Iran and the ringleaders of terrorist groups, and this being done by the king of an Arab and Muslim country, is unfortunately indicative of the complicated and pathetic situation, which the region is in.” “It seems the Jordanian king is strategically and fundamentally mistaken in his definition of terrorism and his interpretations simply reflect the poor and shallow nature of his perspective regarding the regional developments,” he added.
According to the data from the US House Homeland Security Committee, Jordan exports one of biggest number of Daesh members to Syria and Iraq along with Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Last year, The Telegraph said more than 2,000 Jordanians had joined the Takfiri group which follows the extremist Wahhabi ideology preached on Jordan’s doorsteps in key ally, Saudi Arabia.
“It is advisable that the Jordanian king has a passing look first at the statistics released about the Jordanian terrorists joining Daesh and other blood-spilling and ignorant groups and then makes an opinion on Iran which is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism and extremism and striving for reinforcing security in the region,” Qassemi said.
Iran a has been lending military advisory support to the Syrian army and the Iraqis in their battle against foreign-backed terrorist groups. Qassemi also denounced the Jordanian king’s call on Arab countries to unite with Israel against Iran, reminding him of “endless problems which the fabrication of the illegitimate Zionist regime has created for the Muslim world and the regional states.”
In his interview with the Post, Abdullah said, “There are some strategic problems that Iran is involved in in our area. But here, again, is an opportunity: bringing Israel and the Arabs closer together. Because of the Iranian regime’s potential threat to the region, Israel wants to have a relationship with the Arabs.”
“Without a doubt, much of the existing situation in the region is the result of the misguided attitude of certain countries’ politicians toward political developments and the wrong and destructive policies which they have adopted which could push the entire region to the abyss of insecurity and instability,” Qassemi said. “To contribute to regional security, stability and unity, the Jordanian king is advised to take a short time off to study logic, history and geography of the region,” he added.