Interviewed by: Shahanda Abdel Rahim
- christain malard: The current regime in Iran is “horrifying”… What happens in Iran puts us back 40 years…. The results may be a surprise for all of us.
- «Sisi»… is strong President facing terrorism
- Putin is a key player in resolving the Middle East crisis
- The Egyptian and Russian leaders are the only ones who can put pressure on Hamas
- Only 3 leaders in the world face terrorism with conviction: Sisi, Putin and Bouteflika
- Egyptian-French relations are excellent. We have excellent military and economic cooperation
As a result of many global and regional events, the international scene is experiencing a state of confusion and tension, which are expected and sometimes unexpected. The situation in Syria and Yemen, events in Iraq and Lebanon, crises in the Middle East, and armed militias supported by the devil’s arms in Iran, Qatar and Turkey.
Many developments in Tehran, Damascus, Aden, Beirut, and Arab and European cities, which will change the balance between overnight.
These were the issues that made me hold a dialogue with the great French journalist Christian Lamard. The man, who spoke with 41 heads of state in the world, including Bush, Carter, Putin, Mubarak, Bashar, al- Khomeini, Gaddafi and others.
Here are the questions and the writer’s answers:
You have conducted 41 interviews with world leaders and leaders such as Putin, Bush, Mubarak, Gaddafi, King Hussein, King Abdullah and many other leaders. Now who is the leader you want to interview?
The leader I would like to talk to is the President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Certainly, for me, he is one of the most important leaders in the entire Arab world and the Middle East now, especially for his struggle against terrorist organizations led by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Who do you think sincerely participates the President Sisi in the war on terror?
For me, the most influential was Russian President Vladimir Putin. Today I believe that in the series of struggle against terrorist strands we have three important presidents: Putin, Sisi and Bouteflika. I think those three countries now need more armies, because we have an expansion of fundamental terrorism on the ground.
What is the most important question you will ask President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi if you meet him?
If I met President Al-Sisi, I would certainly convey my appreciation for his struggle against terrorism, the importance of the struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, and “Da’ash” in the Middle East, and even his struggle in Libya and Syria.
Do you think that Macron changed France’s policy and strategy towards the world?
Macaron tries to speak very openly, and tries to say that we in France agree with you in this, and do not agree with you in this, it is nice to be friends with all people and has great relationships.
Macaron is different from the former president Francois Hollande, he is aware of the reality of the Middle East, has a good relationship with the Saudi side, King Mohammed bin Salman, and also has relations with the Iranians even said that he agreed to the new agreement on the Palestinians, but not well with Shiite militias, He also confirmed that he is not compatible with Hezbollah and is not compatible with the Huthis in Yemen. That is why Macaron hoped to go to Iran, but I do not think he will go, not now and I think he wants to go as soon as possible, but The Iranians will make him wait and wait, they are angry at meeting him, because he is against Iran’s expansion policy in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.
How do you see the relation between Macron and Trump?
Macron has a traditional and classic approach to the two-state solution. East Jerusalem is the capital of the future Palestinian state. Macron met a week ago with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and recognized the Palestinian state. Stressed the importance of the return of Abbas and Netanyahu to the negotiating table, but I repeatedly emphasize that Hamas is the problem, and there can be no peace because of Hamas.
Do you think that Macron will change his strategy towards America?
I think Macron is very balanced in his approach to the world, and I think he has a new approach, a more direct approach, a more confident approach to the major problems we face around the world.
The former president of France, François Hollande, has closed his eyes a lot on Obama. Obama also made a big mistake. We thought we had clear weapons and agreements with Iran, but this was a major strategic mistake and there was a great lack of knowledge about the Middle East.
Do you think Trump is coming for change?
Trump is good in his policy toward Iran. because he is consistent and has a vision about the IAEA and the international inspectors when they refuse to go to the sensitive military part of nuclear verification? They are not trusted, even for me, the Iranians are hiding a lot of things, they are still preparing their nuclear weapons underground, and they have their nuclear problem with North Korea.
Why did you have a good and unique relationship with Mubarak and when did you last meet him?
The Trust .. There was real confidence between me and him, even when he was in Paris and a journalist wanted to talk to him, he said, “I want to talk only with my friend Lamard. My last interview with him was in 2009, two years before the revolution.
How do you see the confrontation of France with the Muslim Brotherhood in France? How can you face them?
The problem with France is to find the best ways to fight them. I believe that the regime of President Macaron and Interior Minister Colom have the best to offer them. Some mosques have been closed.
I think it is necessary to close any of their affiliated organizations, the Union of Islamic Organizations in France. I think President Macaron has taken the subjects seriously, and I do not mean that Holland would not take them seriously, but it was not strong enough.
Do you think that the regime in France is not serious enough with the Muslim Brotherhood?
They are tougher than Sarkozy, but certainly must be more and more stringent, because we are going through difficult circumstances, and this will be better.
Do you think that Da’ash and the Muslim Brotherhood will produce a new generation that can carry guns and weapons?
There is certainly a thread, and we know about the networks of Islamic fundamentalism, and that they have arms and armed extensions in many major cities such as France, Marseille, Lyon and many large cities have a problem with this.
How do you see the current events in Iran?
It reminds me of what I said from 40 years ago. It is the same talk when Ayatollah and the demonstrations of the people against the Iranian regime at that time .. It seems that the current regime in Iran begins to take rapid steps to cut off the Internet and communications. This reflects the extent of caution and fear of the future in the current regime in Iran. There seems to be a new revolution coming in all parts of Iran.
Forty years ago, the revolution took 14 months against Shah’s previous rule in Iran, but at this time I do not know. We have to wait and see how long it will take, but it seems to me that this time the people are going out to demonstrate in large numbers. We must be careful, it seems that the Iranian people are taking faster steps. Demonstrations and protests have started because of economic conditions, high prices, against the regime and clerics.
In your opinion, what is the main reason for the Iranian people to launch a new revolution?
I think because they hope for change … and for a better life and better economic conditions. They have been protesting against him and even against Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Is it just an uprising or revolution?
It is likely to be an uprising and is also likely to be a revolution. But let me tell you we have to wait for the next few weeks to see what the evolution will be like … and see what happens in Tehran, the capital, but I think it would be a surprise. And the high number of victims and martyrs will help to escalate it .. In this way, I think the system will be in crisis.
What countries do you expect to support the Iranian people in the current situation?
From the theoretical point of view, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but practically who knows.
What about Europe?
No, European countries will help the Iranian regime to stay.
What about the United States of America?
I think no one from the outside world will help to keep this system .. It is a terrifying system and the people will definitely choose what he deems appropriate. I think the iron fist of the regime will certainly be affected.
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