Iranian Opposition Leader Maryam Rajavi: Tehran Regime is “Godfather of ISIS”

Rajavi delivered her remarks to a large gathering in the French Parliament attended by scores of parliamentarians from various political parties. The event took place at the invitation of the Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran (CFID) composed of legislators from the whole political spectrum at the French parliament.

In addition to parliamentarians who spoke, a number of human rights activists and experts were in attendance at the meeting and delivered their own remarks, as was former French Prime Minister Édith Cresson, and former Algerian Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali.

Referring to a “policy of appeasement” that is being exploited by a deceptive Iranian regime, Rajavi criticized the policy of West of being soft vis-a vis Tehran. Rajavi pointed out that the rise of ISIS as “the by-product of unprecedented crimes of mullahs in Iran, Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Maliki in Iraq, and their sectarian policy against a large section of the population in Iraq and Syria.”

Rajavi went on to recommend that France and all other Western nations confront the broader threat posed by all of these sources of sectarian conflict, and that they do so by providing support to regional an international resistance movements that embody a moderate and democratic vision of Islam, as an alternative to the extremist movements that are vying for dominance throughout the Middle East today.

“Support for the Iranian Resistance will make this cultural alternative known to the public and thus contribute to attempts to curtail the recruiting of European youth by the fundamentalist forces,” Rajavi said.

Referring to the escalating suppression during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure who has over 1000 executions in his record and now the crime of splashing acid on women has been added to it, Rajavi said: “This is the true nature of the Iranian regime which is the Godfather of ISIS and its tyranny and cruelty towards the Iranian people is a hundred fold worse than the actions of ISIS.

Mullahs have been defeated by the Iranian women. Their reactionary impositions on the Iranian society have reached a dead-end and their rule is extremely shaky and unstable. They cannot save themselves by this blatant barbarism and by the tyrannical execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari.”

Regarding the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime she said: “The Iranian regime is trying to preserve its nuclear weapons projects by exploiting the policy of appeasement and by employing all kinds of deceptive tactics.” She went on to warn: “Any deal should include the unconditional implementation of the Security Council resolutions, a complete halt of all enrichment, and intrusive inspections of all sites and suspicious centers; otherwise, the path of this regime to obtain the nuclear bomb will remain unimpeded.”

Jean-Pierre Michel, co-founder of the French Parliamentary Committee for a Democratic Iran, addressed the meeting to call upon French politicians to denounce the crimes and human rights abuses of the Iranian regime, especially in light of the recent visit to France by the head of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.