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Influence Letters Ahmadinejad to Saudi Arabia
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By Mas ud HMN*)

Who unknown for Ex-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ? He was very popular men. after he submitted his name as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election, Tehran, April 12, 2017. He has sent a massage to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Two prominent person will be meet We feel suprise to information recently .

Because ones figure of the Iranian government’s unofficial initiatives — to which leaders who influence regional and global affairs have become accustomed — former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a message, in the form of a settlement initiative, to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The aim of this message, according to its text, was to present a proposal to end the war in Yemen. 

Indeed this timing better. Ahmadinejad proposed the establishment of a mediation committee comprising global leaders and other prominent figures to hold talks with the Yemeni parties. Take step to resolve the crisis and end the bloodshed. 

So the message carries a number of meanings, implications and objectives. In addition, it is important to bear in mind who sent the message, its timing, and the prospects of the proposal’s success. As we know Ahmadinejad, a controversial former president of Iran, sent the message. This deprives the message of official legitimacy, as he does not influence the policies of Iran’s ruling goverment. Indeed, he previously sent similar messages and proposals to former US President George W, Bush, current President Donald Trump, and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Any how , we cannot ignore the fact that Ahmadinejad is an influential figure in Iranian affairs, with a significant level of support and a political movement still active in Iran.Those affiliated with him did well in the parliamentary elections held in February. Also, Ahmadinejad is aware of the continuing influence and appeal of the call by his predecessor, Mohammed Khatami, for dialogue among civilizations, which, at the time, had huge global ramifications.

Very clear eaning of this, Ahmadinejad wants to achieve similar objectives through helping to resolve the Saudi-Iranian standoff. The timing of the message, it comes during an extremely sensitive and complicated period, which has enabled Ahmadinejad to make opportunistic political gains at home. In general, the Iranian goverment and President Hassan Rouhani’s government are facing a host of criticisms and protests, which have become a regular feature of the political landscape during the tenure of the current government. 

We believe to tightening economic sanctions and escalating pressure on the Iranian goverment to change its behavior, which have led to horrendous socioeconomic conditions. These are tragic, to say the least, although Iran’s goverment continues its expensive involvement in extensive regional conflicts, while the Iranian people suffer from an international siege that is having a devastating impact on their living standards.

Another possible incentive that motivated Ahmadinejad to send this message is his desire to exploit the differences that exist between himself and those factions of the goverment, such as the Larijani brothers and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which have fiercely criticized his economic role in their own communications with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Indeed, Khamenei has gone so far as rejecting Ahmadinejad’s candidacy in previous presidential elections. There are also suggestions, however, that it is possible Ahmadinejad sent this message to the Saudi crown prince after receiving instructions from Khamenei himself to ease Iran’s isolation. Question is how imfluence propossal Ahmad Dinejad.

What implicatiom on short time?  Not easy answearing to explain . Relate wording of the message reflects Ahmadinejad’s acknowledgement of the Kingdom’s influence.

So, power and its unique position in having significant leverage over several regional issues, which make it an actor the regional equation cannot bypass. Fortunately, Ahmadinejad addressed Crown Prince Mohammed using positive words and phrases. These were a complete contrast to Ahmadinejad’s negative comments about Saudi Arabia during his time in office, when he played a pivotal role in ending the period of political calm between the Kingdom and Iran witnessed during the tenure of Khatami. As president, Ahmadinejad accused the Kingdom of stirring up tensions and undermining security and stability inside Iran by supporting Salafist groups in the Baluchistan region, rekindling political tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

 This important spirit Riyadh and Teheran Abbording In his message, Ahmadinejad focused on Yemen as he is well aware of its importance to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom’s relations with the people and the state of Yemen have been constant throughout history, underlining the importance of confronting the Iranian goverment ’s hostile project. This confrontation is fully legitimate and morally sound due to the Iranian goverment ’s destructive objectives and behavior toward Arab states, which have been repeatedly undermined in recent years.

We get some eccense from several point above,Namwly (1) same spirit of Mohammad bin Salman and Ahmadinejad. (2) good timing comftione international connected, and (3) Yemen problem now in cooling down For all these important reasons, Ahmadinejad understands that Yemen is a red line for Saudi Arabia and that any successful mediation. It is efforts could serve as the means to break the ice between the Kingdom and Iran. The expectation comdition need for all.

The former Iranian president realizes Saudi Arabia’s regional clout and political weight, especially given the historical role it has played in standing up to Iranian interest and related schemes in several Gulf states in order to protect their security and stability, without seeking political or economic ambitions. 

Just because Ahmadinejad is well aware of the Kingdom’s power and influence does not mean he does not seek to achieve personal objectives by sending this message. He perhaps hopes for international media success in regards to the Yemeni issue, which is one of the most difficult and contentious subjects between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the restive Middle Eas.

*) Masud HMN is Doctor Member Internatinal Relation of Central Board Muhammadiyah Jakarta Jakarta August .4th. 2020. Foto: , 31 Desember 2014, Raja Arab Saudi, Abdullah (kiri) dan Presiden Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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