Video: No dignity in talking to mullahs, former US Ambassador tells conference
- Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:09
There is no dignity in negotiating with Iran's mullahs who have 'hijacked Islam' to commit unspeakable atrocities, former US Ambassador Marc Ginsberg has told a conference in Paris.
And he said he was waiting for the day when Iranian Resistance leader Maryam Rajavi was welcomed as the leader of her country, as some someone who 'understands the true importance of Islam'.
Mr Ginsberg, former US Ambassador to Morocco and the the first US ambassador of Jewish faith to an Arab country, told the conference entitled 'Religious dictatorship in Iran, epicenter of sectarian wars in the Middle East': "We also understand the importance of having an Iran that lives side by side with every country in the region in freedom and dignity without the threat the Iranian mullahs pose to the world.
"The proud and peaceful religion that I have come to understand, respect and admire so much has been hijacked by those in Iran who claim to preach the true word of Islam.
"The Iranian mullahs have hijacked Islam in the name of their own piteous devices. I want you to understand that they commit unspeakable atrocities and spread fear and hatred.
"I have called upon my government and the president of the United States that there is no dignity speaking to the mullahs, there is nothing to be gained by making concessions to them."
Iraq's Prime Minister al-Maliki offered no future of peace and harmony, but only more of the 'same extremism we have come to know from Iraq'.
He told Mrs Rajavi: "I want to see the day that you are welcomed in Washington as the leader of free Iran, I want to see the day when my co-religionists respect and admire that there is a leader in Iran who understands the true importance of Islam."