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Leader received President of Turkmenistan (28.07.1998)

IRIB, 28.7.1998 - Tehran- Leader of The Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamene’i received on Tuesday visiting President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov accompanied by a ranking Turkmen delegation. In the meeting, also attended by President Khatami, the leader said that the two neighboring Muslim nations of Iran and Turkmenistan fully enjoy the existing cordial ties and close cooperation. The leader noted that the two countries should make every effort to adopt a common stand in their bilateral relations and at the world forums such as the United Nations. Referring to the exploration of the Caspian sea's resources, Ayatollah Khamene’i stated that a collective cooperation among the five littoral states is needed to preserve peace and tranquillity in the region, and to safeguard the basic interests of the Caspian nations. The Turkmen President expressed hope that the two neighboring nations would be able to further expand their bilateral relations. He added that his country is keen to strengthen its friendly cooperation with Iran specially in the areas of science, culture and religion.

Leader about educational affairs (25.07.1998)

Tehran 25.7.1998 (IRIB) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i said on Monday educational activities involve sublime and prestigious aspects, sine no effort is comparable to educating and enlightening the souls and personalities of people. Addressing a gathering of ranking educational officials, he stated that a great burden of responsibility is placed on people involved in educational affairs. Referring to vicious propaganda by enemies including foreign radios trying to distort the real image of the Islamic Republic of Iran and disappointing Iranian people, Ayatollah Khamene’i said that these propaganda devices had repeatedly been put to the test and that no individual or group should naively be satisfied that alien radios trumpet their viewpoints. The leader also said that discouraging people involved in the management system of the country is among goals perused by alien radios, and added that enemies endeavor to portray a gloomy image of the country each time that a trivial problem emerges. He noted that directors in Islamic Republic of Iran are among the best and the most sincere people and one should praise god for such a sound management system in the country, although there may be certain exemptions to the rule.

Leader-Football-Message (22.07.1998)

Tehran (IRIB NEWS Monday 22 June 1998) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in a message released minutes after the victory of Iranian football team over U.S. in the World Cup 98 in France congratulated the Iranian team and the nation. The leader in his message told the Iranian players that their courageous and fair play which brought victory over the U.S. team was a beautiful image of Iranian nation's endeavors in every field of their revolutionary life. The leader added that such a sincere effort imbued with intelligence and power, echoed the unique endeavors of the nation during the Islamic Revolution as well as in the imposed war. The leader noted that tonight once again the arrogant enemy suffered the bitter taste of defeat. The leader wished joy and happiness for the victorious players who brought mirth and gladness to the Iranian people.

leader reinstated three jurists(16.7.1998)

tehran, july 16, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i reinstated three jurists ayatollah gholam-reza rezvani, ayatollah abolqassem khazali and ayatollah ahmad janati in their former posts with the guardians council. the guardians council, composed of six senior jurists and six lawyers was established in 1980 to supervise elections and to examine legislation passed by the majlis ensuring that it accords with the constitution and with islamic precepts. the leader said in his letter to the three jurists that he made the decision in accordance with the article 91 of the constitution of the islamic republic of iran which entitled the supreme leader to appoint the jurists for the guardians council. the supreme judicial council appoints the six lawyers to the guardians council.

Muslim world unity to neutralize judaization of qods (12.7.1998)

tehran, july 12, irna -- on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of prophet muhammad (sawa) and imam ja'far al-sadeq (as), the leader of the islamic revolution and supreme religious jurisprudent grand ayatollah seyyed ali khamenei here sunday received top iranian officials, foreign guests participating in the 11th islamic unity conference and the prominent quranic reciters from the armies of the islamic countries. head of the executive power hojjatolesalm seyyed mohammad khatami, head of the judiciary power ayatollah mohammad yazdi and head of the legislative power hojjatoleslam ali akbar nateq nouri were among the participants at this great congregation.

the supreme leader of the islamic revolution referring to the significance of the islamic unity, said "today, the islamic world is in need of unity more than any other time for the revival of the teachings of the holy prophet of islam (sawa) in order to salve muslims and to help them resolve the problems of muslim world."

"monotheism as a norm for leading a approperiate life teaches muslims how to conduct themselves before friends and enemies in a social system so that they will be able to keep away from all satanic designs and be under the protection of almighty allah," ayatollah khamenei said. the leader added, "the iranian muslims clearly perceived the concept of monotheism unchaining themselves from the bondage of american and arrogant dictates."

"the presence of the zionists entity in the heart of the muslim nations should make the muslim become aware of this fact that they need to form a common united front against the usurper enemy of islam," stated the supreme religious jurisprudent. the grand ayatollah added "the interference of the arrogance and the support of the united states for the zionist occupying regime practicing international state terrorism has helped that entity continue to survive and become the means for sowing dissession among the muslim nations."

referring to judaization (zionizing) of the beit ul-moqaddas through expansion of the new jewish settlements, ayatollah khamenei elucidated that "a greater catastrophe has been initiated by the zionist entity with the support of the united states administration in order to usurp the holy site, the first qebla of muslims."

"we consider the united states a collaborator and guilty party in this new satanic plot for having instigated the zionist in making such a move," the leader pointed out. elaborating on the reason behind the us enmity against the islamic republic of iran, ayatollah khamenei said "the united states wants iran to distance itself from the islamic ideals and quit supporting the palestinians in their righteous resistance against the zionist usurpers."

"the islamic republic of iran has always been and will ever remain an ardent follower of islamic ideals, protector of its values, and dispenser of its teachings besides maintaining its strong support for the palestinian cause and islamic unity," stated the leader.

referring to the recent apparent softened stance of the united states in regard to the islamic republic of iran, the paramount religious jurisprudent believed that "it is a normal political hypocratic ploy of the united states which has been based upon its miscalculated analysis of iran's internal political environment."

"it should be known that despite all the endeavors of some elements to generate dissenssion among the ummah, we thank Allah that the nation, government, the officials and the people of all strata are united in their ideals for making the islamic revolution successful by following the line of the father of the islamic revolution and founder of the islamic republic of iran the late imam khomeini," the grand ayatollah highlighted.

prior to leader's speech, president hojjatoleslam seyyed mohammad khatami delivered a short speech felicitating the leader of the islamic revolution, the nation and the muslim around the world on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversaries of the seal of the prophets hadhrat muhammad (sawa) and the sixth infalliable imam hadhrat ja'far al-sadeq (as), the rightful successor of the prophet's household. president khatami alerted the muslim of the most notorious enemy of the ummah to be the cancerous zionist entity which not only endangers, but also threatens the existence, dignity, honor and respect of islamic world. the executive head desired the muslim governments to concentrate all their efforts possible to nutralized the ugly satanic conspiracy of the zionist entity in trying to judaize (zionize) the holy city of beit ul-moqaddas, the first qebla of the muslims.

Leader message for late Mulla Ali Akhund Hamedani (08.07.1998)

Tehran 8.7.1998 (IRIB) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamene’i in a message for the commemoration of the prominent contemporary religious personality, the late Mulla Ali Akhund Hamedani, praised the unique personality of the religious scholar, stressing that true seminaries should be set up throughout the country in which such great religious figures can emerge to serve as a source of reliance for the public lauding the late Akhund Hamedani's deep knowledge of religious issues as well as his mystical personality. Ayatollah Khamene’i stated that Akhund Hamedani was among the senior religious jurisprudences in the country. Ayatollah Khamene’i lauded endeavors of Organizers of the Congress, calling on them to search for scientific works of the late scholar. The leader's message were read at the inaugural ceremony of the congress by Hojatoleslam Musavi, leader's representative and Friday prayer leader of Hamedan on Saturday morning.

leader receives turkmen president (7.7.1998)

tehran, july 7, irna -- leader of the islamic revolution ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i received on tuesday visiting president of turkmenistan saparmurat niyazov accompanied by a ranking turkmen delegation. in the meeting, also attended by president hojjatoleslam mohammad khatami, the leader of the islamic revolution said that the two neighboring muslim nations of iran and turkmenistan fully enjoy the existing cordial ties and close cooperation. underlining willingness of the iranian government to further expand relations with the turkmen government and nation, the leader noted that the two countries should make every effort to adopt a common stand in their bilateral relations and at the world forums such as the united nations. referring to the exploration of the caspian sea's resources, he stated that a collective cooperation among the five littoral states is needed to preserve peace and tranquillity in the region, and to safeguard the basic interests of the caspian nations.

the leader of the islamic revolution stated that the islamic republic of iran feels insecure due to the presence of the zionists in the region, adding that turkmenistan does not need zionists. the leader said "we all should take into consideration that the zionists sow seeds of discord wherever they appear because their very existence depends on causing rifts among others."

ayatollah Khamene’i underlined the need for full realization of the irano-turkmen bilateral accords and called for further activating the two countries' joint commission, particularly in the area of the trade exchange. niyzov in the meeting referred to his friendly relations with akbar hashemi rafsanjani's and mohammad khatami's administrations and promised to preserve his close cooperation with the iranian government aimed at paving the way for the finalization of the caspian sea legal regime and the use of the sea resources.

the turkmen president expressed hope that the two neighboring nations of the islamic republic of iran and turkmenistan would be able to further expand their bilateral relations. he added that his country is keen to strengthen its friendly cooperation with iran specially in the areas of science, culture and religion.

leader receives conquerors of everest (01.07.1998)

tehran, july 1, irna -- the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, here on wednesday received the iranian mountaineers who recently conquered world's highest mountain peak everest. after recitation of some verses from the holy quran by one of the athletes, the leader congratulated the mountaineers on the achievement which he called a great feat in sports as well as in arena of adherence to spiritual values. referring to mountaineering as an important and valuable sport, the leader said that winning championships in the sport would attract people to mountain climbing. in reality, ayatollah Khamene’i added, the most important impact of championship sports is to attract people to physical activities.

the leader said that the many mountains in the country and specially in tehran vicinity present the opportunity to the young and old alike to get into the healthy and energizing sport of mountain climbing. ayatollah Khamene’i called on the mountaineering federation to work hard to elevate the sport's popularity in the country.

turning to the recent feat achieved by the mountaineers, the leader specially praised as valuable the observance of ashura by the iranian athletes during the course of their climb. ashura is the martyrdom anniversary of imam Hussein (as), the third imam of the household of prophet Mohammad (pbuh), who was martyred when he rose against the tyrant of the time some 1300 years ago. in conclusion, ayatollah Khamene’i said that the conquest of everest should become a preamble for bigger feats by the mountaineers in the sport as well as in life.

prior to the leader's speech, head of the iranian mountaineering federation aqajani, who was also the technical superintendent of the mountaineers during their everest climb, presented a report on the sporting event. stating that the recent conquest of everest was the very first by iranian mountaineers, aqajani added that the iranian champions also saved the lives of two foreign mountaineers during their conquest.

at the conclusion of the ceremony, ayatollah Khamene’i presented some gifts to the conquerors of the world's highest mountain peak.

leader calls for middle east nuclear free zone (01.07.1998)

tehran, july 1, irna -- the paramount leader of the islamic revolution and the supreme religious jurisprudent, grand ayatollah Seyyid Ali Khamene’i, here wednesday receiving the visiting italian prime minister romano prodi said that "the middle east should be declared a nuclear free zone". ayatollah Khamene’i said the zionist regime is stockpiling nuclear weapons and has turned into an arsenal of u.s. weapons with the u.s. continuously helping it acquire more nuclear weapons. the supreme religious jurisprudent said "the islamic republic maintains that the world should get tough with the zionist regime and that european union and other influential countries should be more active in this direction."

ayatollah Khamene’i further said that "the positive trend of growth of relations between italy and the islamic republic of iran is based upon issues of mutual interest, old historical relations, current potentialities and capabilities of the two nations." referring to the mutual understanding between christianity and islam, the supreme religious jurisprudent pointed out that "war mongers in the west has caused tremendous destruction to muslim nations including iran during the eight-year iraqi imposed war." the leader added "some western countries had supplied iraq with chemical weapons in its war against the islamic republic of iran." "however, i would like to commit myself and declare that the

muslim world shall never confront the christians at any time and that mutual understanding between islam and christianity shall grow still firmer," the leader underscored. the visiting italian prime minister said his meetings with iranian officials had been very fruitful. he added that italy is willing to broaden relations with iran. prodi also voiced the concern of his government about arms race in the middle east.

 
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