We should know that Iran is not an ordinary state in the conventional sense of the term. We must not be deceived if some of its cabinet members speak English or if Iran has a wing described as “moderate,” as the regime does not acknowledge international agreements and conventions and does not acknowledge the sovereign borders between it and others.
The Iranian regime pursues a “settlement” project that it believes is supported by God. It is based on exporting its revolution against regimes that do not support it. This policy relies on a doctrine on which the constitution is based, and is not just a minor element in its political framework. Thus any diplomatic activity, be it cultural, religious or military, between Iran and any other state only serves Iran’s expansionist project and is in agreement with its constitution.
Any country that has any kind of relation with Iran, whether diplomatic, cultural or commercial, must not think that it is dealing with Tehran upon any agreed international norms, but it must expect Iran to use any activity outside its borders with any state to serve its colonial project. Iran only uses the states it signs any agreements with or exchanges any kind of relations with, as a step and a bridge for its expansionist Persian project.
Iran targets Morocco
When Morocco severed its relations with Iran in 2009, in the wake of several crimes the Iranian regime committed when it interfered in Bahrain’s internal affairs, King Mohammed VI sent a message to King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and said: “Out of the strong bonds of sincere brotherhood, active solidarity and a firm belief of a shared destiny between our two sister kingdoms, we express to Your Highness our deep concern regarding the suspicious and serious statements issued recently and which stipulated that some Iranian circles tried to undermine the sanctity and sovereignty of the sister Kingdom of Bahrain and the sanctity of its regional and territorial safety.”
In this message which was broadcast by the Maghreb Arabe Press news agency , King Mohammed VI considered that the “absurd Iranian statements contradict with the principles and rules of international law, as well as with the tranquility and good neighborly values which our tolerant Islamic faith urges us to follow.”
In May 2011, Morocco’s then-foreign minister Taieb Fassi Fihri clarified that they severed ties with Tehran to show solidarity with Bahrain and also because the former tried to interfere in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco. He said: “We severed ties with Iran almost two years ago after it attempted to interfere in our affairs. Morocco is a religiously and popularly unified country. We do not have Shiites.” In his response to a question on whether Iran was a “burden” for regional security, Fihri said: “Without any doubt. We do not support dialogue with any neighbor no matter how important it is, if there were no pre-conditions to non-interference in internal affairs.”
This is the truth about Iran. It does not recognize any country’s sovereignty as the world will remain a public common for the Persian doctrine as long as the principle of “exporting the revolution” is part of the regime.
However, Iranian-Moroccan relations normalized in 2016 and the two sides exchanged ambassadors. Morocco hoped that Iran had learnt its lesson and will not think of interfering in Moroccan affairs or meddling in Moroccan-Algerian differences or supporting Algeria in its stance in the Western Sahara against it. However, as stated above Iran is not a normal state as it has an expansionist project and has well thought out plans pushing in that direction. All its alliances are based on serving this plan. Whether it establishes diplomatic ties or not, it has the same position over any territory as it considers it a common land to export its revolution to.
Influence in North Africa
Two years have passed since relations were restored. Iran continued with its project which was suspended for two years. As if there was no lesson learnt for seven years. None of Iran’s actions are out of love for Algeria or for the people of the Sahara but it’s all about serving the project that aims to overthrow Arab regimes one by one including Algeria, to which Iran delivered weapons to terrorist organizations.
Its relation with Algeria or some parties in Tunisia or Morocco is based on the extent to which these parties serve Iranian agenda to extend its power in North Africa. It reached its peak in Egypt during Mohammed Mursi’s era which has opened the doors to it. Thus, the only thing left for it was to extend its power to the Atlantic Ocean. Iran seeks to infiltrate Morocco and it’s working hard to do so either by opening new centers for Shiism or through making alliances with political parties in the Arab Maghreb countries. It delivered weapons to the center of Algeria and provided weapons, including Iranian ballistic missiles, to banned groups in Morocco through its Lebanese agent.
Therefore, any country that believes it’s dealing with Iran upon well-known international norms and traditions is wrong, and it will soon regret this.
This article is also available in Arabic.
Sawsan Al Shaer is a Bahraini writer and journalist. She tweets under the handle @sawsanalshaer