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2023-January-21  14:57

IRGC Chief Warns Europe to Avoid Repeating Past Mistakes

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami slammed the European Parliament’s resolution on labeling the IRGC as a foreign terror organization, and further warned the Europeans that they will have to suffer consequences in case of repeating past mistakes.

Maj. Gen. Salami made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf who was visiting the IRGC headquarters in a show of solidarity with the Iranian elite forces in the face of a vote by the European Parliament to call on the EU to designate the military forces as a terrorist entity.

The top commander remembered the sacrifices of the IRGC, especially its Quds Force under the command of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, in their successful fight against the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terror group.

The IRGC chief underlined that Europe owes its security to the IRGC, because if it were not for the endeavors made by the IRGC, particularly the IRGC Quds Force and late commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani, the scourge of terrorism created by the US would have engulfed Europeans.

"Had it not been for the IRGC’s struggles, the flames of terrorism fueled by Daesh, an American product, would have spread to Europe and destroyed its security," he undescored.

"But the Americans and the Europeans are accustomed to portraying the oppressed as the oppressor and vice versa," the senior general stated.

“We are never worried over such threats or even [the threats] being put into action since the more opportunities the enemies offer us for action, the more strongly we act,” Maj. Gen. Salami added.

"Europe has experienced two world wars but has not learned from its past mistakes and thinks that such resolutions can shake the IRGC," he stressed.

The military official, however, advised the Europeans "not to repeat their past mistakes otherwise they will have to take responsibility for the repercussions".

"The Europeans think that the Iranian people and the IRGC’s efforts to protect their values is a form of terrorism," Salami said, adding that they introduce themselves as anti-terrorism forces while they provide terrorists with safe havens at the same time.

On Wednesday, the European Parliament's members backed an amendment added to an annual foreign policy report, calling for "the EU and its member states to include the IRGC in the EU's terror list". The step was passed by a vote of 598 in favor and nine against, with 31 abstentions.

The move has been strongly condemned by Iranian officials, commanders and the Armed Forces.

The amendment will urge Brussels to blacklist the IRGC military force, the volunteer Basij force, and the IRGC's Quds Force.

Tehran has repeatedly announced that the IRGC is an official state body which has had and will continue to have an important and key role in ensuring the security of Iran and the region.

Iranian officials have recently warned the EU that its plan to blacklist the IRGC as a “terrorist organization” may have unbearable consequences and ruin any chance of negotiations.

They cautioned the European governments against falling into the trap of a plot hatched by the US and Israel, calling on the EU to maintain its independence from the US.

The Iranian parliament passed a law in April 2019 designating American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a terrorist organization. The move was made in response to the US blacklisting of the IRGC.