Australian Foreign Minister July Bishop reported Monday on the intelligence-sharing deal she had concluded with Iran during her visit to Tehran to track foreign fighters working with ISIS in Iraq. She met with
met with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the supreme leader’s adviser Ali Akbar Velayati.
Upon her return home, Bishop encountered strong criticism from opposition leaders: “When you start dancing with the devil in a place like Tehran, then we run the risk of becoming almost as bad, said independent lawmaker Andrew Wilkie, a former member of Australian intelligence. He said he saw some of the “crap” coming out of Tehran and it was “worse than useless, because it was downright misleading.” Australia risked being its pawn, he said.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor was seeking further details about the deal and would take a steady and considered approach.