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May 27, 2014 4:32 pm

Iran Foreign Minister Zarif Claims Win for Propaganda Offensive Against Israel’s ‘Iranophobia’

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif being interviewed on Germany's Deutsche Welle, broadcast on February 3, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Deutsche Welle.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif being interviewed on Germany's Deutsche Welle, broadcast on February 3, 2014. Photo: Screenshot / Deutsche Welle.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday claimed a propaganda win for the Islamic Republic against Israel’s ‘Iranophobia,’ according to official news agency Mehr.

Speaking to a conference of the Islamic Radio and Television Union, Zarif said that “with God’s blessings and teachings of Imam Khomeini, we succeeded to neutralize the Zionist’s long-term and well-funded project of Iranophobia.”

Zarif said “before any other hardware, we need propaganda and countervailing the impact of false mentality fostered by adversaries.”

“I hope that with such an opportunity provided by this meeting for elites in the Islamic media, we will see a convergence of voices supporting peace, justice and security for all,” Zarif told the audience.

“Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran has successfully targeted the most horrible propaganda industry embarked on by the Zionists against Iran and Islam under the general name of ‘securitizing the Islamic Republic’ relying on its strong rational and its full capacity,” adding that “with the results that Netanyahu and his colleagues now would not have media safe haven.”

Mehr said Zarif called on Islamic media “to propagate and support Islamic values and converge on specific issues of importance for Islamic world,” citing him as saying the “Palestinian issue is on the top.”

Within the Islamic media, Zarif asked for unity. “Islamic media should abandon petty religious differences in the favor of higher Islamic Umma interests,” he said. “These media could accelerate the pace of communication of the news in the Islamic world through improving their technical and logistical infrastructure and relying on rich Islamic values and common tenets, and emulate the best media in the world in stealing the limelight in an attempt to overthrow the monopoly of the West over the media galaxy.”

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