In the eve of the Sharm El-Sheikh conference in Egypt, the Iranian mullahs have raised voice about the recognition of their hegemonic role in Iraq.
Keyhan newspaper (a paper in Iran run by the official representative of the Supreme Leader, reflecting regime's political snrategy) in its editorial of April 22nd states: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not only Americans have had no impact on limiting our operations in Iraq but the Iranian and Iraqi governments have strengthened their ideological, and political-security pacts.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Anther article published on April 30th in Keyhan reaffirms: Ã¢â‚¬Å“No guarantees about the future of Iraq will succeed or work unless Iran agrees to its principles.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In an unprecedented manner the Iranian theocratic official papers published a Washington Post article in its entirety on April 27th. The article titled: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Signs of a Spring Thaw, Interest on both sides on U.S.-Iran TalksÃ¢â‚¬Â says: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The decisions the Iranian leadership makes over the next several weeks about diplomatic strategy will shape Iran's future, as well as that of the Middle EastÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. But a process of bargaining is underway between Iran and the USA. That's what became clear this week, in two different diplomatic channelsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. To reassure the Iranians, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took the unusual step of disavowing any U.S. plans for regime change. "It [regime change] was not the policy of the U.S. government. The policy was to have a change in regime behavior.Ã¢â‚¬Â