Leader shrugs off US intimidation
Tehran, Jan 29 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic will continue to show resistance in
the face of American threats and rely on the language of logic in nuclear
talks with Europe, adding the massive turnout of the public for
Revolutionary rallies in early February and Presidential elections in June
will show how determined Iranians are in their support for the
At a meeting with thousands of people from various walks of life on
Saturday, the Leader offered congratulations to the nation on the Muslim
feast of Al-Qadir, and said Amerian statesmen, who are the ugliest
manifestation of hegemony, mistakenly thought Iranians will bow to their
language of threats and intimidation, but that Iran which is now much
stronger than early years of the revolution, will continue to build on its
faith and resoluteness to stand up to foreign threats.
Ayatollah Khamenei further said defiance in face of US-led hegemonic
powers is the main reason behind American hostility toward Iran, adding if
Iranians gave in to American pressures, there would be no accusation of
violation of human rights or support for terrorism. The Leader urged state
officials to draw on the support of the public which lends their
governance legitimacy, and stand firm against foreign threats.
Ayatollah Khamenei recalled American support for terrorist entities
like the ousted Taliban in Afghanistan and MKO terrorist grouping, and
said yet American officials audaciously accuse Iran of sponsoring
terrorism to end Tehran's support for the people of Palestine, something
which will never come true.
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to national interests will continue to lie
at the center of the policies Iran adopts on the international stage,
adding Tehran is seriously in pursuit of a solution in talks with Europe,
and that Europe should reciprocate Iran's behavior, something which has so
far remained elusive. The Leader urged Europe not to try to resort to
political ploys to buy time, citing the steely determination of the
Iranian people and officials who view acquisition of nuclear technology as
an inalienable part of their national rights.
Ayatollah Khamenei also called on Europe not to be influenced by the US
and the Zionist regime, saying if Iranian officials realize that
seriousness is lacking on the European part, a whole new approach will be
adopted. On the upcoming presidential election, Ayatollah Khamenei said
the polling serves as a major test for the Iranian people, adding massive
participation will esnure the rise to power of a president who represents
the will of the public.
Leader Receives Afghan President
The Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali
Khamenei, received the visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday,
January 26. The Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah
Sayyid Ali Khamenei, received the visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai
on Wednesday, January 26.
Speaking at the meeting, the Leader referred to the cordial and
brotherly relations that exist between the Iranian and Afghan nations. He
pointed out that the bonds of friendship that tie the two nations together
stem from the common religion, history, culture and language shared by the
Iranian and Afghan people.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed his pleasure over the establishment of a
legal government in Afghanistan and that country's move toward law and
order. He stated that the talented Afghan people are wholly devoted to
Islam and interested in their independence, and that they are opposed to
the presence of aliens in their country.
"The Americans, due to their lack of ability to understand the deep
culture of the Afghan nation, think that they have gained a foothold in
Afghanistan. But undoubtedly the Afghan people will ultimately restore
their national identity and the dignity they reserve, and they will gain
total control of their own fate," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
Elsewhere in his statements, the Leader of the Islamic Republic hinted
at the attempts made by the outsiders to foment discord between Iran and
Afghanistan. He emphasized that the two countries should exercise
vigilance, especially with regard to border issues, so that the divisive
plots of the enemies of Iran and Afghanistan may not succeed.
Ayatollah Khamenei praised the endeavors and striving of the Afghan
nation and mujahedin and pointed out that the services rendered by
mujahedin should be highly valued and appreciated. He said that the
mujahedin's services should further be utilized for the cause of
Afghanistan's reconstruction and progress. The Leader also expressed his
pleasure over the decision made by the Afghan government to launch a
serious campaign against narcotic drugs and the Afghan government's
resolve to settle the issue related to the Hirmand River's water.
Emphasizing that a prosperous, secure and stable Afghanistan would be in
the interest of all countries in the region, the Leader stated that the
Iranian government and other officials of the Islamic Republic would
continue to assist the Afghan nation in attaining progress and full
stability, and that they would seriously follow up the full-scale
expansion of relations with Afghanistan.
The Afghan president, for his part, expressed great pleasure over his
meeting with the Leader of the Islamic Republic. He said that the generous
aid and assistance extended by the Iranian government and nation to
Afghanistan has been perpetuated in the memory of the Afghan nation, and
that the Afghan people would be grateful for this aid and assistance
Referring to the Afghan people's participation in their country's
reconstruction process, the drawing up of a constitution and presidential
elections in Afghanistan, Karzai noted: "Relying on our people's presence
and the assistance from the international community, especially from the
Islamic Republic of Iran, we will build a bright future for our country."
The Afghan president also said that his government believes that Iran
has a natural right to the Hirmand River's water, and he referred to the
measures that have been taken in this respect. Karzai further noted that
the Afghan people have welcomed his government's firm decision to launch a
campaign against poppy cultivation and narcotic drugs production.
President of Azerbaijan Republic Meets the
The visiting President of Azerbaijan Republic, Ilham Aliyev, met the
Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali
Khamenei, on Tuesday, January 25… The visiting President of Azerbaijan
Republic, Ilham Aliyev, met the Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of
Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday, January 25. Speaking at
the meeting, the Leader expressed his pleasure over the expansion of
relations between the two countries and stated that there were bright and
encouraging prospects for mutual cooperation between the Islamic Republic
of Iran and Azerbaijan Republic.
Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the ancient bonds of friendship
between the Iranian and Azeri nations and pointed out that the two nations
shared numerous commonalities and held similar stands in many areas. He
called for further expansion of relations in all areas of cooperation,
especially in political, economic, cultural, commercial and security
Elsewhere in his statements, the Leader of the Islamic Republic
emphasized that the expansion of Tehran-Baku relations would secure the
interests of both countries. Hinting at the fact that the U.S.
administration is not trustworthy, he stated that Iran and Azerbaijan
Republic will always remain alongside each other, and that they should not
allow their friendly ties to be influenced by policies of the outsiders.
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hopes that Azerbaijan Republic would make
further progress and stated, "We are very fond of the people of Azerbaijan
Republic, and we believe that all the existing issues, including the
Caspian issue, can be resolved in a brotherly manner." The President of
Azerbaijan Republic, for his part, expressed great pleasure over his trip
to the Islamic Republic. He said that the relations between the two
countries were expanding, and that nothing would be able to undermine this
Referring to the positive results of the visits reciprocated by the
officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan Republic, Aliyev
noted that the documents that were to be signed in Tehran the next day
would speed up the expansion of Tehran-Baku relations. He emphasized that
the expansion of relations with Iran at all levels and in all areas was
one of the principles of the national policy of Azerbaijan Republic.
Leader: Tehran-Baku ties promising
Tehran, Jan 25 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei, receiving Azeri President Ilham Aliyev here Tuesday,
termed the long-term prospect of Tehran-Baku ties as "bright and promising".
Speaking to the Azeri President who was accompanied by his Iranian
counterpart Mohammad Khatami, the Supreme Leader praised the growing trend
of bilateral relations between Tehran and Baku.
He said that the two countries shared common views on many issues,
calling on Tehran and Baku to try to promote their all-out cooperation in
the political, economic, trade, cultural and security fields in particular.
Noting that Americans were "not reliable", the Supreme Leader said that
promotion of Tehran-Baku relations would guarantee the interests of both
"Iran and Azerbaijan will always stay by the side of each other" said
Ayatollah Khamenei, emphasizing that Tehran and Baku should not allow
their friendly relations to "be influenced by foreigners' policies."
Stressing the significance Tehran attaches to its relations with Baku,
Ayatollah Khamenei said that any dispute between the two sides, including
one relating to the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, would be settled in a
The Azeri President who arrived here on Monday on a three-day official
visit, said for his part that Tehran-Baku relations were growing in a "steady
manner" and that nothing could hamper this trend.
Noting that promotion of bilateral relations was a political priority
for Baku, Aliyev said that documents which are to be signed during his
visit to Tehran would speed up the trend of Tehran-Baku relations.
Some 20 documents are expected to be signed by the two sides for
promotion of Tehran-Baku cooperation during the three-day stay of the
Azeri President in Tehran.
Residents of Holy City of Qom Call on the Leader
Thousands of faithful and dedicated people from the holy city of Qom
called on the Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah
Sayyid Ali Khamenei, on Saturday, January 8.
Thousands of faithful and dedicated people from the holy city of Qom
called on the Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah
Sayyid Ali Khamenei, on Saturday, January 8. The day marked the
anniversary of the uprising of the people in the holy city of Qom against
the former regime in 1978.
In an address to the audience, the Leader stated that the people's
active and enthusiastic presence on the scene would ensure the
continuation of the country's progress and development. He called for a
massive public turnout in the upcoming presidential elections in the
Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the 1978 uprising of the people in the
holy city of Qom against the dictatorial and puppet Pahlavi regime as a
significant historical event. He noted that the Iranian people, motivated
by Islamic ideals and relying on divine assistance, rose up to accomplish
their Islamic objectives.
The Leader went on to say that the divine promises came true when the
Iranian people overthrew the dictatorial Pahlavi regime, which served the
interests of the United States. He added that the scientific, economic,
political and cultural achievements and spiritual growth of the Iranian
people over the past 25 years are a direct outcome of their perseverance
and great efforts.
Further in his statements, Ayatollah Khamenei described the
self-confidence and independence of the Iranian nation as laudable and
exemplary. "This is the cause of the commotion and ballyhoo raised by the
arrogant powers. However, the world should realize that the Iranian nation
would not allow the United States to once again establish its influence in
this country," he emphasized.
The Leader of the Islamic Republic also referred to the machinations
and plots that are being hatched by the enemies against the Iranian nation,
but he made it clear that such plots are doomed to failure both at the
present and in the future. He said that despite this fact, the hirelings
of the United States and the Zionist regime would not give up their
dastardly attempts, since they have not realized that the Islamic
Revolution sprouted out of the Iranian nation, and that it was not
something dictated or procured by money.
Expounding on the efforts made by the arrogant powers to deceive and
mislead the nations, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that following the era of
old colonialism, when these powers had a direct presence in other
countries, and after the era of neocolonialism, when the agents of the
arrogant powers were installed in other countries, the arrogant powers
have now initiated a new phase of colonialism.
"The arrogant powers are now trying through their propaganda machine to
put on a fascinating face in order to attract other nations, but the world
public knows that the real face of the United States, Britain and other
arrogant powers is the ugly and abominable face that was exposed in Iraq
and at the Guantanamo and AbuGhuraib prisons," the Leader pointed out.
Ayatollah Khamenei further hinted at the fact that Muslim nations have
become disgusted and fed up with the United States. "The people in the
Islamic countries are waiting for an opportunity to express their deep
hatred for the United States and its agents. The reality indicates that
the era of the arrogant powers is coming to an end." The Leader of the
Islamic Republic stressed that at the present juncture, the resolute and
cognizant nations should play a historic role. He stated that the
experienced and talented Iranian nation may form the pivot of a great
world movement against global arrogance.
Leader pays tribute to martyrs
Tehran, Jan 8 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday paid tribute to the martyrs of the Islamic
Addressing a ceremony in presence of several thousand people to mark
the anniversary of the first anti-Shah uprising in Qom one year before the
triumph of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, the Supreme Leader said that
the Iranian nation relying on the support of the Almighty God, stood up
against the US-backed despotic regime to achieve its national and Islamic
The Supreme Leader said that over the past 25 years, the nation also
stood against hostile conspiracies to stop Iranian scientific, economic,
political and cultural progress.
"Taking advantage of the exemplary self-confidence and independence,
the nation has stood against propaganda campaign of the global arrogance.
The world should know that the US could not infiltrate into this territory,"
the Supreme Leader said.
Elaborating on the enemy plots to strike a blow to the Islamic
Revolution, the Supreme Leader said that the US and Israeli spies have
made several attempts in the past 10-15 years against the Islamic Republic
by simulating the uprising ahead of victory of the Islamic Revolution
(1979), but, they did not know that the Islamic Revolution took shape from
within the nation itself and it was not a matter of money or order.
The Supreme Leader said that the youth should recognize the real nature
of the United States and Britain and other world powers from their
disgusting practices in Iraq at Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo detention
Leader stresses national solidarity
Tehran, Jan 8 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that solidarity of the nation during
the upcoming presidential election would ensure national progress.
Elaborating on the necessity of massive participation of people in the
upcoming election, the Supreme Leader said that people have main part in
the political structure of the Islamic Republic and any plan to put aside
the people from the political equation belongs to the enemy.
"Whispers are being heard from the strategic institutes of the US and
Israel to the effect that the next election will not be free and people
will be put aside from the political equation. They are in fact lobbying
to boycott the election by the people," the Supreme Leader said. "But, the
nation will not care for such hostile lobbying thanks to its high
intellect and talent," Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Supreme Leader called on officials to prepare the ground for
maximum turnout of people in the presidential election by bringing about a
sense of public enthusiasm for going to the polls. "The people also should
know that they have arrived at a point where they want to bring to the
office a new government to take great strides towards achieving their
goals in the field of economy, infrastructure, culture, science, ethics
and foreign policy. The Supreme Leader called on the candidates to explain
their programs to the people to pave the way for maximum turnout of the
people in the upcoming presidential election slated for June17 .
Enemies plan demoting martyrdom
Kerman, Jan 5 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah
Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday stressed that enemies of the Islamic
Republic are trying to humiliate and diminish the value of martyrdom and
the culture of Jihad in the eyes of the youth, particularly students.
In a message to the 8th congress on martyred students held in this
southeastern provincial capital, the Supreme Leader urged students to
continue to promote the culture of Jihad and martyrdom among themselves as
"a source of national strength and foundation of pure worship." Ayatollah
Khamenei, in his message, called on the youth to honor the memory of their
martyrs and to put their trust on the almighty God.