Advisor to Iranian President Rohani: Iran Is an Empire, Iraq Is Our Capital

(MEMRI) On March 8, 2015, Ali Younesi, advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rohani and previously intelligence minister (2000-2005), said, "In truth the Iranian Plateau includes countries from the borders of China and the Indian subcontinent to the north and south Caucasus and the Persian Gulf - all of which are part of this union....If we disregard the region that lies within our sphere of influence, we will be unable to protect our interests and security." "In the current situation, Iraq is not merely a sphere of cultural influence for us; it is also our identity, our culture, our center, and our capital....There is no way to divide the territory of Iran and Iraq."

2015-03-10 00:00:00

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