Tehran, Oct. 28 â€“ Iranâ€™s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired his countryâ€™s ambassadors to Britain, France, and Germany, and ordered 18 envoys to be recalled to Tehran, a government official in the Iranian capital told Iran Focus.
â€œAhmadinejad has been angered by what he sees as the envoysâ€™ meek reaction to the global condemnation of his Wednesday speech against Israel and the Westâ€, the official, who requested anonymity, said. â€œHe made the speech with the full blessing of the Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and has his green light to stifle any dissenting voice within the governmentâ€.
The official said that while there was broad consensus within the clergy-dominated regime on the hard-line Presidentâ€™s vow to â€œwipe Israel off the mapâ€, some Iranian diplomats voiced concern that the international backlash could be too costly for the Islamic Republic.
On Friday, an array of top political and military figures in Iran lined up behind Ahmadinejadâ€™s fiery speech. The Commander in Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards, the Speaker of Parliament, the Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council and the powerful Minister of Intelligence and Security (Iranâ€™s secret police) were among those who fully endorsed the Presidentâ€™s diatribe and made equally strong invectives against Israel.
â€œThe Supreme Leader and his inner council see a window of opportunity for Iran right now, as the Americans are stuck in Iraq and the Europeans are divided over what to doâ€, he said. â€œThey are telling everyone not to be afraid of threats of military action by the West, as this is only a bluffâ€.
The ambassadors who are being fired were appointed during the administration of ex-President Mohammad Khatami.