“We have sent $20-$30 billion, the money of our nation, to Syria and now we have to take this money back.” Heshmatullah Falahatpisheh, member of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said. This is the first official confession made by Islamic Republic officials about Iran’s staggering costs in Syria.
Hossein Shariatmadari, Ali Khamenei’s representative in Kayhan newspaper, mentioned, “His words are nothing but a swingeing lie!”
Yahya Rahim Safavi, an assistant and adviser to the Supreme Leader, claims that Ali Khamenei is the “Leader of the Islamic World” and that if it were not for his help, “Syria and Iraq would have fallen” by now.
Earlier, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies announced that Iran’s annual spending in Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon is worth $16 billion! However, according to official statistics, more than a third of Iranians live below the poverty line and many important institutions in Iran are severely underfunded. For example, a large number of students in different provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan and Kerman are studying in tents.
In September last year, the Minister of Education has asked parents to help compensate for school budget deficit. The situation is similar on the roads, at medical centers, in urban affairs and in social services; where thousands of Iranian workers have not been paid for months.
This is the way the Islamic Republic is governe. The priority is always given to Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. The country’s wealth and income from the sale of oil are spent in other countries.
The share of Sistan and Baluchestani’s children, Iranian workers, teachers, and nurses is nothing but poverty and regret!