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Intelligence Minister: "Not all Iranian expats support the opposition"

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi has said that very few Iranian expatriates support opposition groups.

Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi

"All Iranians who live outside of the country are not in the opposition. The number of Iranian expatriates who are opponents of the system is limited, but foreign intelligence agencies have provided facilities and equipment to them to help them make their voices widely heard," Moslehi said at a conference on Iranian expatriates' achievements held at Tehran's Shahid Beheshti University on Saturday.

Commenting on the political unrest that occurred following the June 2009 presidential election, he said that the Intelligence Ministry was able to contain the "sedition" through monitoring the emails exchanged between the protestors.

"Email was a tool used during last year's sedition, and the intelligence agency was able to control many dimensions of last year's sedition by closely monitoring email addresses," he said.

One of the notable guests at the event:  Former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi

Mortazavi has been found responsible for the torture and death of election protesters at the infamous detention centre Kahrizak (Related Report: Tehran's notorious former prosecutor suspended over deaths at Kahrizak detention center)

Elsewhere in his remarks, the intelligence minister highlighted the importance of encouraging Iranian expatriates to cooperate with the Iranian government on security issues to prevent foreign intelligence agencies from taking advantage of them to implement their plots against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Many Iranian emigrants are living in countries which are the enemies of Iran and which have powerful intelligence agencies, so the Iranian government should take measures to prevent these Iranians from falling into their traps, he said.

Moslehi also stated that the Iranian government should try to gain the confidence of Iranian expatriates through the promotion of the national identity and the values and beliefs that all Iranians share; otherwise, if Iranians who live in other countries feel that they are only regarded as tools, their confidence in the Iranian government will be diminished.

Acting FM calls for utilization of Iranian expats' potential

Acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi also delivered a speech at the conference, in which he called for the utilization of Iranian expatriates' potential to help the country's efforts to make progress.

Acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi

The presence of Iranian academics, artists, and businessmen in foreign countries has opened up a great opportunity for Iran, he said.

"Due to global developments, communication has become easier and the world has become smaller, so we can take maximum advantage of Iranian expatriates' potential," Salehi noted.

Modern communications have facilitated the transfer of expertise and technology, making it easier for Iranian specialists who live and study in foreign countries to share their experiences with their compatriots, he added.

On the brain drain, he said that studies have been conducted to discover the reasons behind the emigration of Iranian specialists and academics to other countries, adding that even in the current situation, Iranian universities can use the experiences of these Iranian academics by inviting them to work as visiting lecturers and researchers for a few months each year.

Salehi also said that Iranian artists, businessmen, and industrialists working in other countries have the potential to help the country, so the government should make a plan to utilize their talent.

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