Formation of Shiite belt in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon

[VOA Persian program, Last Page, addresses the issue of how marriage is used to create and strengthen ties between families of Shiite leaders in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon.]

TV host says: In 1980, this man that you see, Mohammad Mehdi Asefi, became the spokesperson of Iraqi Dawa Party. Who is the son of the spokesperson of Dawa Party? Hamid Reza Asefi, who was born in Najaf. Many wrote that he was born in Mashhad, or said he was born in Tehran to say that he is Iranian. But it is not so. He was born in Najaf. For example, let me read from Jamaran website for you. It has written, ‘Hamid Reza Asefi is the son of Asefi, and was born in Najaf, and studied chemical engineering in university,’ etc. Hamid Reza Asefi was the spokesperson of foreign ministry during Khatami’s presidency. Hamid Reza Asefi and Mohammad Khatami are linked through Iraqi Dawa Party. Hamid Reza Asefi is the son of the spokesperson of the powerful Iraqi party whose founder has a family tie with Mohammad Khatami.

TV host continues: And the founder of Dawa Party is the cousin of Mousa Sadr, leader of Iraqi Shiites. It points to the very belt of Shiite movement that I told you about. These three countries not only were formed before 1979 revolutions, but they still insist on having Iranian, Lebanese and Iraqi in charge of affairs of the three countries. It means that this belt is still active today. Mousa Sadr had an elder brother called Seyyed Reza Sadr. The son of Seyyed Reza Sadr is Seyyed Mohammad Sadr, nephew of Mousa Sadr. What is the relationship of Seyyed Mohammad Sadr with families of Khatami and Khomeini? He is the cousin of Khatami’s wife and cousin of Ahmad Khomeini’s wife. Now, what is this cousin of Ahmad Khomeini’s wife and Khatami’s wife doing in Iran? During Mir-Hossein Mousavi, he was deputy interior minister. And during Mohammad Khatami’s presidency, he was deputy foreign minister.

TV host adds: It means that protecting Shiite green belt in these three countries is not just slogan and without any program. They have put these people in high-ranking positions of foreign ministry. And it is interesting to know that many of those who, in this circle of family ties, have Iraqi and Lebanese parentage either worked or are still working in the foreign ministry. It means that from the beginning, they are put in the right place for the so-called exporting the revolution. These relations keep going on. Seyyed Mohammad Sadr, who as I said is the nephew of Mousa Sadr and was deputy foreign minister during Khatami, has a daughter called Hora. Hora Sadr married Yaser Khomeini, who is the brother of Seyyed Hassan Khomeini. It means that in this way, the link of Khomeini’s family with Lebanese Shiite leaders becomes stronger. Then Ali, the younger brother of Hassan Khomeini, become the son-in-law of Shahrestani. Who is Shahrestani? He is the son-in-law of Sistani, the leader of Iraqi Shiites who lives in Najaf. It means that the younger brother of Hassan Khomeini becomes the husband of the granddaughter of Sistani, the leader of Iraqi Shiites.