Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, special assistant to Majles Speaker and former Iranian deputy foreign minister, said at an October 16, 2020 speech at the International Conference of Expatriate Mujahideen that Iran's attack on the Ayn Al-Asad base had only been part of the revenge for IRGC General Qasem Soleimani's vehicle, and that a much greater revenge is coming, for Soleimani himself. He also threatened the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, which he said are giving Israel a foothold in the region. He warned that if Iran or its allies are harmed in any way, Iran's retaliation will be aimed not only at Israel, but also at these countries. The speech aired on IRINN TV (Iran).
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: "There have been times when I have said the following statement to European and Western diplomats: When the Americans assassinated General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, they made two mistakes. Their first mistake was that they targeted Soleimani's vehicle. The second mistake is that they targeted him and his companions. The revenge for Soleimani's vehicle was carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran when 13 accurate ballistic missiles were launched at the Ayn Al-Asad strategic base. But this was only revenge for the destruction of Soleimani's vehicle. The revenge for the blood of Soleimani himself will be greater. The Americans themselves know this. Today, the Americans are trembling with fear in the White House because of their fate, which will lead to America's final departure [from the region]. This same America has just experienced the rapid decline and collapse of its empire.
"The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain are giving the Zionist Israelis a foothold in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. They must know that in this dangerous game, they are fanning the flames. The response of the Islamic Republic of Iran to maximally preserve its national security, and regional security... If even the smallest harm is caused to the Islamic Republic or its allies in the region, its response will not only be aimed at the Zionists. It will also be aimed at those who have given the Zionist regime a foothold in the region. The political and security arrangements in the region will not allow the Zionists to breathe a sigh of relief. This is a necessity for the maximal preservation of Iran's national security.
"For a few years, I held a diplomatic position in Bahrain. I am closely familiar with the Khalifa clan. They really need to make peace with their own people. Making peace with Israel will bring nothing but collapse to the Khalifa clan."