In an unprecedented development the Iranian Foreign Ministry adviser, Mohammad Ali Sobhani, yesterday blamed the Iraqi regime of Nouri al-Maliki, and the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad for the creation of the islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS)
In an interview with a local Iranian website «telltale News» Sobhani said the sectarian policies during the reign of former PM Maliki led to the formation of an incubator for the«Daash» or ISIS organization .
Sobhani said that the economic and social problems that plagued Iraq, in addition to sectarian policies practiced by the al-Maliki regime led to the formation of a popular base for the emergence of ISIS in the region.
Sobhani said that ISIS benefited from the weakness of the state’s authority and from injustices suffered by the Sunni people which forced them to support ISIS who promised to take «revenge».
Sobhani also criticized the Assad regime, saying: «The Syrian people all across the country initially protested peacefully for legitimate demands , but the Assad regime tried to suppress the demonstrations with excessive force which led to the emergence of armed groups later, pointing out that the Syrian regime justifies it by saying« if not for suppressing the demonstrations the events could have taken a different course », stressing that he does not agree with this view, saying that« if the Syrian government has taken steps at the beginning of the demonstrations to meet the legitimate demands of the protesters , the situation would not be like it is today ».
It is worth mentioning that Mohammad Ali Sobhani is a former Iranian ambassador to Lebanon during the rule of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami between years (1997-2005). He was appointed as an adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the election of the current Iranian President Hassan Rohani in 2013.