Iran’s relations with the US had returned to zero after the arrival of Trump. (AP)
The story comes from Al Arabiya.
After Obama, what came of the Iranian lobby in Washington?
The role of the Iranian lobby in the US during the presidency of Barack Obama grew unprecedently.
In the past, Obama has become a public intermediary between Tehran and Washington. He played a prominent role in the signing of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six largest countries until President Donald Trump’s arrival in Washington “when things went back to the starting point,” as proclaimed by Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder of the Iranian-American National Council of the pro-Tehran lobby in Washington.
Amirahmadi, one of the most prominent figures in the Tehran lobby, said that Iran’s relations with the US had returned to zero after the arrival of Trump.
In response to a question on the “Election” website about the future of relationships between Washington and Tehran, Ahmadi who is currently visiting Iran, said “after the arrival of Trump in the White House, the honeymoon period of Iran and the US ended. All of those who sought to establish relations between the two countries left.”
The Iranian lobby, known as the “Nayak” in America, is currently led by Trita Parsi, an Iranian national with Swedish citizenship and residing in Washington.
Iranian researcher Hassan Dai, one of the most prominent opponents of the pro-Tehran lobby in Washington, said that Parsi visited the White House during the presidency of Obama more than 33 times to transfer Iranian views to the US administration.
The Iranian lobby in America, led by Parsi, is trying to convince US administrators and decision makers that the Islamic Republic’s regime must remain. The US is to settle with Iran on dividing the Middle East and safeguarding American interests, in addition to other goals including distorting the image of the Arab Gulf States in particular and the Arabs in general.
“I do not know where Obama is now or even Kerry. America is not like Iran in politics. The official does not leave his office or return to it after 30 years. Obama and those around him were in power for eight years and today they are gone,” he said.
The founder of the Iranian-American National Council revealed that Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and Hassan Rouhani travelled to the US and met with first and second level figures in America but that time is gone.
“Currently there is no one who can work for Tehran in the United States and no one is asking about Iran’s conditions in Washington,” he added.