The Iranian Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs Dr Ibrahim Yazdi has discounted a prediction by former Prime Minister Dr Bakhtiar that the present Iranian government cold fall within six months.
SVs AND CUS: Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim Yazdi speaking in English to reporters. (8 shots)
REPORTER: "Do you sympathise with the revolt now going on in afghanistan against the government of Kabul?"
YAZDI: "Whether I like it or not, or you like it or not, there is a revolution in Afghanistan. And it is up to the Afghanistan people to decide what they want to do. If the regime is not popular, nobody will be able to oppress people and to...impose on them. They many succeed in one or two years with four thousand Russian military advisors in Afghanistan, but I will advise that they should learn from the fate of the Shah."
REPORTER: "What is the state of the Kurd rebellion and do you believe it was encouraged from outside?"
YAZDI: "As I elaborated in one of my interviews that...the Kurdish problem has various dimensions. The Kurdish national...the aspiration...has proved it.
Well, unfortunately, in the past one hundred year, our experience is that in every occasion that aspiration was exploited by the foreigners. First by the British, during the Ottoman empire, and then by the Russians after the Second World War, in Iran, if you remember. And then after that, in recent years by the Shah and America and the CIA and Kurds against the Iraqis."
REPORTER: "The former Prime Minister Bakhtiar in Paris has made a prognosis, that by January this Government will fall. Number One: How do you see that prognosis? And Number Two, how do you regard your present Prime Minister's request, constant request, of wanting to retire?"
YAZDI: First for the Bakhtiar prognosis. We do not take the prescription of a rich doctor seriously. They said first that by the middle of June this government would collapse. Bakhtiar was appointed Prime Minister by the Shah. He had all the power to do something and he was not capable to do it. If he was not able to do anything while he was in power I am sure he was not able to do anything after that. After all, we can wait till January. But as far as the Prime Minister retirement: No, he did not say that 'i wanted to retire'. This s one of the characteristics of the Revolution.
This is the true meaning of the Islamic revolution. We are not power hungry. We are not going to fight, you know, because of the power. If anyone feels that he can do better, I will say 'fine sir, come and take over, I will be delighted because that is a big responsibility that I am doing. If you feel you can do it better, fine. I am not going to stay here and fight for it."
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Background: The Iranian Minister in Charge of Foreign Affairs Dr Ibrahim Yazdi has discounted a prediction by former Prime Minister Dr Bakhtiar that the present Iranian government cold fall within six months. Dr Yazdi was speaking at a news conference at the United Nations. When he was asked about the unrest in nearby Afghanistan he hinted that he thought the government in Kabul could go the way of the Shah's regime in Iran.