Throughout the meeting of Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, several key leaders have focused on the influence of Iran in the region. President Trump encouraged the leaders to ban together to stand up to Iran and fight its extremist influence.
Although not a part of the meeting, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi welcomed the positions adopted by the Arab Islamic American Summit vis-à-vis the Iranian regime’s conduct, which has undermined peace and stability in the Middle East region and the world.
She emphasised, in particular, the statement regarding the need to confront the clerical regime’s export of terrorism and fundamentalism, its ballistic missile program, its interference in the internal affairs of other countries, as well as its destructive regional and international role. She described the stances as indispensable to ending terrorism, war, and bloodshed, and restoring peace and tranquillity.
However, there is disagreement about how to stand up to Iran, especially since the 2015 nuclear agreement has lifted some of the sanctions and the U.S. administration has indicated that additional sanctions could happen based on human rights and the Iranian ballistic missile program.
“The censure of the clerical regime’s actions and crimes must be pursued and realized through practical measures, specifically by severing ties with the ruling theocracy, expelling it from international organizations, designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as well as other military, paramilitary and security forces affiliated with the regime as terrorist organizations, and expelling them from the region,” said Rajavi.
She also noted that President Trump was right in stating that the Iranian regime’s longest suffering victims are its own people. Rajavi also cited the remarks by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, in which the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques expressed his “respect and appreciation” for the Iranian people, adding, “The Iranian regime has spearheaded global terrorism since the Khomeini revolution until now.”
From the NCRI’s point of view, the best way to end the extremism from Iran is to make a real change in the leadership of Iran, that goes beyond choosing a new president.
“The ultimate solution to the crisis engulfing the whole region is the overthrow of the velayat-e faqih regime by the Iranian people and [the] Resistance. Replacing the mullahs’ rule with freedom and popular sovereignty is the desire of all the people of Iran, who have sacrificed 120,000 of their children to achieve it. Recognising this demand is the prerequisite to peace and tranquillity in the Middle East region and to international security,” said Rajavi.
A change in leadership in Iran could lead to a democratic option that would make Iran a viable partner in the international community.