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Statement by Dr. Danny Lamm on the visit of Iranian FM Javad Zarif to Australia

Dr. Danny Lamm, President of the Zionist Federation of Australia, said he was “deeply concerned” to hear that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be visiting Australia next week.

Zarif has made repeated statements about Israel being the “biggest enemy of peace and security in the regime” and praised the nuclear deal as an “opportunity for countries of the Middle East to repel threats like terrorism” and the Israeli “regime”. Speaking upon his arrival in Indonesia yesterday, he again put “the Zionist regime” at the forefront of his agenda. Dr. Lamm said Zarif’s visit to the region was an outrageous attempt to divert attention away from the major crisis in Syria, which is backed by Iran, by attacking Israel for its policies.

Dr. Lamm said, “If we were not talking about one of the most dangerous regimes in the world, it would almost be laughable. But we are talking about a country that repeatedly calls for the annihilation of Israel, that sponsors terror in the region by financially assisting Hamas to rebuild their tunnels and replenish their stockpile of weapons, and that provides logistical support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and Assad’s brutal regime in Syria. This is no laughing matter. This is the safety and security of the free world.”