Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed regret over the leak to the media of a recording of his conversation with Iranian economist Saeed Lilaz and said that the publication of the recording was turned into an internal conflict.
On Sunday, the media published a fragment of a recording of Zarif’s conversation with Lilaz in March. During this dialogue, the Iranian minister, in particular, said that General Qasem Suleimani, who died a year ago in Iraq because of a US airstrike, played a major role in Tehran’s foreign policy and negotiations with Moscow. In addition, Zarif said that former US Secretary of State John Kerry told him that Israel had attacked Iran-linked targets in Syria at least 200 times.
“I deeply regret how the confidential exchange of views on the need for synergy between diplomacy and the battlefield – to use the valuable experience of the past eight years by the future government – turns into an internal dispute,” the Iranian Foreign minister wrote on Instagram. Economist Lilaz, as reported by the Iranian TV and radio corporation IRIB, condemned the “leak” of the audio file in the media, adding that he promised not to talk about it. He also monitors whether the security services will be able to find the person who published the recording.