The NCRI explained that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif usually attend to meet the representatives and ambassadors. This year, the list of officials included Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi, Defense Minister Amir Hatami, Speaker of the Majlis Ali Larijani, head of the judiciary Sadeq Larijani, head of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, adviser to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati, commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani, Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli, chairman of the Organization of Islamic Culture and Communication Abuzar Ebrahimi Turkman, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, and other regime leaders and officials.
A large part of the meeting, according to the opposition, was a briefing about the Iranian terrorist diplomat that was arrested in Germany last month. Furthermore, there were extensive discussions about confronting the Iranian Resistance.
Faced with the news of the arrest in Germany, the regime officials obviously saw it necessary to encourage the diplomats and provide reassurance to ensure that morale does not drop.
Some of the diplomats that are posted abroad voiced their concern about the repercussions of the foiled terrorist plot last month. They pointed out that foreign governments and media outlets have pointed to the role of Iranian diplomats in the incident. It has been widely reported in foreign media that the involvement of diplomats in such incidences is a “flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention”. The foiled attack has also been described as a “serious terrorist act”.
The diplomats were instructed on how to deal with the incident. The NCRI said: “Alavi and Zarif briefed them on how to ‘deal with Assadi’s case’ and emphasized that with ‘psychological warfare and the pumping of false information,’ previous and future measures against the hypocrites (PMO/MEK) must be made digestible. In this regard, the regime’s representatives were ordered to activate their relations with the intelligence and security organs of the host countries.”
In an internal report compiled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), it was recorded that a priority of the regime is to deliver a blow to the PMOI(MEK). It said that targeting the group is on the agenda.
The NCRI also spoke about the coordination between the IRGC and the Qods Force and the Foreign Ministry and foreign representative offices with regards to terrorist interventions and conflicts in the Middle East, in particular in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The overseas representatives were instructed on how to justify measures to their local politicians, government, press, and so on.
As it loses more and more control, it is clear that the Iranian regime is panicking and trying to ensure that its story is straight with its overseas diplomats. The arrest of the diplomat in Germany on charges of orchestrating a terrorist attack has clearly shaken it.