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Meeting with members of Association to defend Palestinian nation (31.12.2001)

Tehran- Dec 31 -The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that a bright prospect on the horizon is awaiting Palestine. In a meeting with members of the Association to defend the Palestinian nation, the Supreme Leader said that God willing the present generation will see the liberation of Palestine, despite the propaganda campaign against Palestinian Intifada (uprising ). The Suprerm Leader said that the Palestinian cause is the main Islamic concern adding that the cancerous tumor of the zionist regime accounts for many calamities from which the Muslim world is suffering now. The Supreme Leader pointed to the insight of the late Imam Khomeini and said that since 1963, the late Imam Khomeini had always been concerned about the Palestinian plight and had recognized gradually growing influence of the Zionists on the now-defunc t Shah regime of Iran, something which later became evident for the public. The Leader said that victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran has posed a threat to the ambitions and plots of the Zionist Regime adding that given the clear-cut stance taken by the late Imam Khomeini following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1979) toward Palestine, overlooking Palestinian issue will damage Iran's national interests and that Iran's dignity, unity and national interests depend upon standing against the cancerous tumor of the Zionist Regime. The Supreme Leader pointed to the political and economic support the global arrogance extends to the Zionist regime and said that the international mass media have been under monopoly of the Zionists. "One of the tasks of the association to defend the Palestinian nation should be to revive the philosophy of the Palestinian nation and propagating it among the intellectuals and the public," the Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei in the meantime appreciated the services of the association. Before the Leader's remarks, head of the association to defend the Palestinian nation Mrs. Zahra Mostafavi explained the objectives of the association. Mrs. Mostafavi said that the Islamic States should take practical steps to support Palestinians incl uding imposing economic sanctions on the Zionist Regime. Secretary of the Association to defend the Palestinian nation Rahmandoust also briefed the Supreme Leader on the performance of the Association and said that the non-governmental organization has established qods news agency (Qodsna) in Tehran to cable the developments in the occupied Palestine to the world public opinion.

Leader called on parliament and judiciary to end 'futile disputes' (30.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 30 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on Iran's parliament (Majlis) and judiciary to end 'futile disputes', following a war of words between the two state powers over the immunity of MP s. "I invite the esteemed Majlis representatives and judiciary officials to move on the legal track and observe the law; (I) also admonish them from futile disputes in issues for which the legal channels are defined," he said in response to parliamentary deputy speaker Mohammad-Reza Khatami who had asked the Supreme Leader to order a halt to the judiciary's prosecution of MPs. "As you know there is no legal deadlock in this case and similar cases and all solutions have been envisaged in the constitution," he said in a letter addressed to Khatami. Ayatollah Khamenei, instead, asked the two constitutional powers to respect each other. "Majlis should respect the judiciary and the judiciary is advised to observe the dignity of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament)," he said. "Differences and commotion, especially in the presence of the public opinion,... are against national interests and indecent towards God and the people," Ayatollah Khamenei said. The Supreme Leader reiterated the two state powers' constitutional authorities which he said cannot be challenged. "The esteemed Majlis deputies are tasked with supervising and criticizing; nobody has the right to challenge them on this," he said. "MPs however have no right to exceed the legal red lines," he added. " The judiciary meanwhile is responsible to pursue violators of law and deal with them firmly," he said, adding, "Neither that power has the right to exceed its legal authorities in judgment." Khatami, currently acting as the parliament speaker in the absence of Mehdi Karroubi who is in Saudi Arabia on an official visit, had protested about the courts' prosecution of MPs.

Universities should take steps to bring about progress (29.12.2001)

Tehran- Dec 29 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that universities, academic and research centers should take serious and practical steps to bring about progress in the field of science and technology. In a meeting with Minister of science, research and technology Mostafa Moin, and officials of the academic and research centers, the Supreme Leader said that the present generation in Iran is capable of planning and putting into force programs to promote science and research in the country. The Supreme Leader pointed to Iran's historical backwardness in the field of science and research and said that practical steps should be taken to make good on past backwardness. The Supreme Leader recommended that academic centers should take necessary measures to bring about progress in science and research studies and said that they should start working instead of giving repetitive slogans. The Supreme Leader also called on universities to form direct relationship with the industrial sector and said that universities officials are expected to guide the centers of higher education toward the objectives of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khamenei said that university is at the core of the Islamic Republic adding that the Islamic universities are required to go ahead with the keeping up with the advanced science and technology free from any propaganda campaign. Elaborating on Islamization of the universities, the Supreme Leader said that paving the way for promoting science and technology, initiation and innovation are the expectations from the Islamic universities. The Supreme Leader pointed to his regular contacts with the university students and teachers and said that the officials of the ministry of science, research and technology should exercise vigilance to neutralize a plan to divert the universities from the objectives of the Islamic Republic. Moin briefed the Supreme Leader on national strategy for science and technology adopted by 44th meeting of chancellors of the universities and the academic and research centers and said that the universities are working to put into force the scientif ic objectives of the Islamic Republic and make the process of science and technology free of political impacts as well as promoting Islamic and Quranic culture. He said that the universities are committed to the values of the Islamic Republic which advocates justice, defending the rights of Palestinians against the brutal aggressions of the Zionist regime and standing up to global arrogance.

Leader: Cooperation among regional states serve peace in Caucasus (26.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 26, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that close cooperation among regional states would serve peace and stability in the Caucasus. Receiving Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, the Supreme Leader said that the Islamic Republic of Iran believes in political and economic independence of the states in the Caucasus and calls for non-interference of transregional powers in the domestic affairs of those independent states. "The transregional powers including the United States are in pursuit of their own interests without taking into account the interests of the regional states. The conflict in the Caucasus will be resolved by the regional states without interference of foreign countries," the Leader said. The Supreme Leader said that the regional states should develop relations and utilize all their capacities to ensure better prospects for the region. Iran and Armenia should follow up implementation of joint economic projects including Kajaran tunnel, hydroelectric power plan and setting up gas pipeline between Iran and Armenia. The Supreme Leader recalled the services of Iranian Armenians in the course of Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988) who offered scores of martyrs and said that the Armenians have cordial relations with their Muslim compatriots in Iran. 

The Leader, in the meantime, offered his felicitations to all Christians and Iranian Armenians, in particular, on the auspicious birthday anniversary of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him). President Kocharyan expressed pleasure with his visit to Iran and with his meeting the Supreme Leader and said that the Islamic Republic is a friendly country to the Republic of Armenia adding that regional conflicts must be settled by the countries of the region and that the interests of the region should not be sacrificed for that of external powers. He said that Armenia is seeking to resolve the conflict with Azerbaijan Republic adding that the international organizations should prepare the ground for settlement of Yerevan-Baku dispute. The Armenian president appreciated the Supreme Leader's personal support for development of Tehran-Yerevan economic cooperation and said that the two countries are working on joint economic projects which will benefit both nations. He said that the Iranian Armenians are satisfied with their status in the Islamic Republic of Iran and appreciate the current peace and security they enjoy in Iran.
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Message of condolence for demise of Ayatollah Shirazi (17.12.2001)

Tehran - Dec 17 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei sent a message of condolence for the sad demise of Ayatollah sayed Mohammad Shirazi. In the message the Supreme Leader has praised the late Ayatollah Shirazi's valuable works and services to the Moslem world.

Leader says solidarity, coordination pressing need of Muslim world (16.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here Sunday that the Muslim world at present is in dire need of solidarity and coordination. Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to a group of Iranian officials and Muslim states' ambassadors residing in Tehran that currently the main problems of the world of Islam are division and lack of unity. The Leader said in case of unity and solidarity among Muslims worldwide as well as Islamic governments benefiting from the backing of their nations and the care shown by the governments for their peoples, Muslims would not be threatened by the arrogant powers. Ayatollah Khamenei added that the Palestinian issue is the most basic problem of the world of Islam. The Leader said the destiny of Muslim states is linked with the Palestinian issue. The world of Islam should maintain unity and the sense of Islamic power and abide by their duty to render support for Palestine, added Iran's Supreme Leader. The Ayatollah said the pressures Zionists and their supporters are currently exerting on the Palestinian nation are because of the heavy blow the movement and uprising of the Palestinian nation have dealt to them, that is nullification of all their equations. The Leader also stressed on the observation of unanimity of words among Iranian officials as well as ignorance of few minor differences and relying on ample commonalties instead. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader congratulated the audience on the auspicious feast of Eid-ul-Fitr and advised Muslims to benefit from the spiritual blessings of the "divine gift" of Eid-ul-Fitr. Prior to the Leader's remarks, President Mohammad Khatami told the audience that at this juncture, the world is more than ever in need of the spiritual atmosphere brought about by the holy month of Ramadan because a major portion of human beings are suffering from lack of spirituality, decent materialistic life and ignorance of their legitimate rights. "The calamity is yet more painful in some parts of the world of Islam," added the president. He also referred to the Zionist Regime's crimes in Palestine during the holy month of Ramadan and stressed, "had Muslims and Islamic governments gained maximum benefits from the month of Ramadan and stood beside each other in defending rights of the oppressed Palestinian people, they would not have been witnessing the deplorable conditions in Palestine today." Meanwhile, he expressed hope that Afghanistan would witness progress, stability, and security free from foreign intervention following an end to ruins, homelessness and misery of the Afghan people.
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Leader: Mischievous gov'ts can't be arbitrators in Palestine (16.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA -- The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here on Sunday that the "international mischievous" governments, that support the Zionist regime, cannot serve as arbitrators and well-wishers in the Palestinian case. Ayatollah Khamenei called as "highly depressing and shocking" the crimes committed against the oppressed Palestinian people by Zionists and said the Palestinian catastrophe goes on despite its "extreme ugliness," adding in fact Zionists' crimes have left no

feast for Muslims to celebrate it. The leader said in his second Eid-ul-Fitr sermon to multitudes of worshipers that turning a blind eye on the "terrorist and shameful" acts of the Zionist regime and labeling the Palestinian nation as "terrorists" are a big and historical injustice towards the Palestinian nation. The Supreme Leader said Muslim governments, ulema, scholars, artists and the elite shoulder a heavy duty to confront the big injustice and also to defend the oppressed Palestinians. The Ayatollah added that Muslim governments should rely on the popular support shown by their peoples and offer all-out backing to Palestinians. Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the support rendered by arrogant powers, especially the US, to the Qods occupying regime and their open enmity towards the Palestinian nation and said these "international mischievous" governments cannot handle the Palestinian issue and act as arbitrators and well-wishers. The Palestinian nation has through its Jihad proved so far that blood can resist the sword and God willing it would continue resistance and struggle and prove that blood can even overcome the sword, added the Iranian Leader. Ayatollah Khamenei also thanked the Iranian nation for their high turnout in the World Qods Day rallies on the last Friday of the auspicious holy month of Ramadan. Turning to the Afghan issue, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed concern over big powers' efforts to influence the Afghan government as well as their presence in the war-torn country and said such moves would put an end to the current tranquility in Afghanistan and violate interests of the country. The paramount leader said the Afghan government should be formed free from any foreign influence, adding those residing in Europe or other countries during years of the Afghan people's hardship and those who have not closely touched the suffering of the Afghan people should not assume responsibility in the country. The Leader said Afghan nation's determination of their fate and an end to influence of foreigners in Afghanistan are the only way of eliminating hardship and suffering of the Afghan people. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei said all people, especially custodians of the financial, political and social affairs should show mercy and kindness and refuse to violate rights of others and legal limits. He also called on the judiciary and parts of the executive power that fight financial corruption to continue their great task. The leader also congratulated the faithful on the auspicious Eid-ul-Fitr, being celebrated at the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. President Mohammad Khatami, cabinet members, MPs and senior Iranian officials as well as ambassadors and charge d'affaires from Muslim states residing in Tehran were also present at the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.
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Supreme Leader leads Eid-ul-Fitr prayers (16.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 16, IRNA -- The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Sunday led the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at Musalla (grand prayers ground). Thousands of the faithful attended the site and the nearby areas to say their prayers. The Leader has reportedly delivered a speech at the ceremonies.
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Leader calls for unity among officials (13.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 13, IRNA -- A group of top officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran here on Wednesday called on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. In the meeting, the leader stressed that the realization of slamic objectives is an arduous task and a long process which needs sincere faith, resistance and remembering God. The supreme leader urged all well-wishers of the Islamic system nd all who assume a public responsibility in the country to avoid disputes and remember their promise to people and do their best to render service to public and remove the problems of people. Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the officials for their efforts and said the religious atmosphere which emerged after the Islamic revolution is the best opportunity for the faithful officials to mploy all their capability for individual and social development. The leader urged the officials never to forget the basic tenets of the revolution and added that any deviation from the principles would mean gradual change of the identity of the revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said one of the current problems of the country is the unfounded discords among those who are in the service f the system and stressed that all political fractions within the revolution are insiders. He stressed that all well-wishers of the Islamic system should void showing disputes and magnifying them and should work for unity among the officials. Ayatollah Khamenei said such disputes lead to the disappointment of people and prevent the officials from giving service to people and stressed that top officials should take steps in resolving this problem. "However, if we see that some people do not let the problem be solved, we will have to find a remedy for it," concluded the leader.
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Supreme Leader underlines importance of CRHC (10.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 10, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Monday in a meeting with the head and members of the Cultural Revolution High Council (CRHC) called this institution an immensely important one and stressed that the basic duty of the Council is to lead the cultural issues on a macro level. He added that the membership of the heads of the three branches of the government in the Council is the warranty for implementation of its ratifications. The Leader pointed to the different views that exist on the familiarization of the younger generation with Islamic culture and reiterated that such important cultural issues must be reviewed and assessed in a rational, scientific and deep manner in the Council and necessary policies be implemented. He said the amount of research carried out by the bodies and authorities in the cultural fields are insufficient and emphasized that while research should be taken seriously, it should be directed in a manner in harmony with the country's scientific cycle. Ayatollah Khamenei also stressed that special attention must be paid so that the buildings and construction works bear the national, cultural and religious symbols and the related organizations must be obliged to implement this directive. In the meeting, Mohammad Khatami, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and head of the Cultural Revolution High Council presented a report on the activities of the council during the last year and pointed out its duties and some of its ratifications.
:irna 22:42

Leader urges OIC, Arab League to hold a summit on Palestine (7.12.2001)

Tehran, Dec 7, IRNA -- The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei here Friday laid great stress on holding a summit by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League to survey situation in Palestine. Ayatollah Khamenei, who was addressing multitudes of Friday prayers worshipers here at Tehran University campus on the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Ali (AS), the first Imam of Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) infallible Household, said issuance of a resolution in an attempt to defend Palestinians is not enough. Rather, the Leader added, the asset and power of the world of Islam must be employed at the international communities in Palestinians' favor. The Leader said that the defenseless children, youth, men and women of Palestine must be supported through adopting strong stances and putting the US and its other Zionist allies under threat of severing ties. He called on the world of Islam to defend Palestinians, calling for the uprising of Islamic states against Zionism determining. Public opinion's pressure can force the governments to move, said the Leader, adding that due to the same reason, Muslim nations should turn the upcoming Qods Day into day of wrath against Israel and its supporters and firmly defend the Palestinians. Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the `undeniable role' of the US in the Zionist regime's crimes and said those attacking Afghanistan heavily under the pretext of killing a few people and through the slogan of campaign against terrorism, are now confirming open massacre of Palestinians. The Zionists have been destroying Palestinians' houses and killing women and children mercilessly, said the Leader of Islamic Revolution asking "Is it not a terrorist act?" The US and British forces' support for the crimes committed by the Zionist regime has brought about shame for their nations, said the Leader adding that the worn-out and colonialist regime of England has been turned into a US broker but the Zionist supporters should know their efforts would be futile and the occupier regime of Qods would have worst days ahead. Ayatollah Khamenei called Intifada as legitimate and the uprising of Palestinian nation to regain its rights. On the abortive efforts of Zionists and their supporters to curb Intifada, the Friday prayers leader said: "Thanks to all-out presence of the faithful and brave Palestinian youth in the scene of struggle against occupiers, Intifada would bear fruit and the holy land would run by the Palestinian nation following removal of usurpers sooner or later." Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei recalled heavy duties of Muslim ulema, scholars, authors, poets and students to support Intifada. Switching to situation in Afghanistan, the Supreme Leader said merciless strike of the US and UK on Afghan civilians turned into open war crimes in certain instances. The crimes, he added, would be kept in minds of Muslim nations throughout history and would not be forgotten. Expressing pleasure over formation of a government through consensus of Afghan people and groups, Ayatollah Khamenei said Americans should not try to portray the Taliban's collapse as their powerful victory because in absence of Afghan people and forces, the Taliban's downfall and setup of a new government in that country was impossible. He opposed any sort of foreign intervention in Afghanistan and said any government installed in Afghanistan should pay due attention to two essential factors, Islam and independence sought by people, because the Afghan nation deeply follows Islam and the history shows that they confront any foreign intervention. Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran's policy on Afghanistan is based on support for Afghan people. The Leader called on all Afghan ethnic groups and parties to set aside their differences and try to reconstruct the war-ravaged country. Under no circumstances Iran agrees with foreign countries' intervention in Afghanistan and the Westerners should know that long-term military presence under any pretext would be confronted by the country, said the Iranian Leader. Expressing his gratitude to those who held the Day of Solidarity With Afghan Nation, the Leader underlined continuation of Iran's relief aid to Afghanistan.
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