Indian expert: Iran’s enemies tried to fan recent unrest

New Delhi, Jan 13, IRNA - Former Ambassador of India to Tehran believes that Iran’s foreign enemies tried to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic through fanning the recent unrest in the country.

In an exclusive interview with IRNA here on the recent developments in Iran, Ambassador K.C. Singh said: “It is not difficult to see the foreign hands in Iran's unrests although it must be remembered that the trigger was provided by certain elements in Mashhad trying to embarrass the government of President Hassan Rouhani.'

However, he said, 'It is easy to discern that even the foreign powers inimical to Iran were as surprised as the Iranian authorities. Whereas the former quickly tried to fan the trouble.”

Elaborating on the possible reasons for the recent protests in Iran, the veteran diplomat said: “The unrest appears to have been caused by the economic stress due to a number of external and internal factors the most important of which is residual US sanctions, despite the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal, on the pretext that they relate to the Iranian support to terrorism, particularly support extended to Hezballah, have continued to hurt foreign investment which Iran desperately needs.'

'Additional factors are the relatively low price of oil hitting Iranian revenues over the last two years,' he added.

'The disruption in trade amongst countries surrounding the Persian Gulf due to attempts by Saudi Arabia and UAE to isolate and sanction Qatar has also impacted Iranian economy.”

“Clearly the assumption behind the nuclear deal that the US had begun viewing Iran as a factor for stability in the Persian Gulf region and West Asia and an instrument for countering radical elements in Sunni Islam stands abandoned by the Trump administration. The Riyadh Summit, re-committing US support to Saudi Arabia-UAE alliance led by younger leaders, has triggered a deeper split among Muslims,' added.

While 'Daesh has lost its Caliphate it continues as a dangerous idea that could replant elsewhere, with dangerous consequences. Thus the entire region west of India is in a churn opening new risks and opportunities,' added the veteran analyst of the world affairs.

On the possible impact of the unrests over the foreign investments in Iran, K.C. Singh said: “I do not think the current troubles will affect investment decisions of investors from friendly countries. After all the protests were not against foreign companies or nations. Moreover, as expected by knowledgeable commentators, the situation was brought quickly under control. However, Iran has to address the underlying factors to ensure it does not recur or get exploited by its ill wishers abroad.”

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