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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 establishment.

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

2005-01-26

The Grand Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, received the visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, January 26. 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 forever.

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 Leader

2005-01-25

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 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 spheres.

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 trend.

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 sides.

"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 "friendly" manner.

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

2005-01-08

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 country.

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 Revolution.

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 aspirations.

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 camp.

 

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.

 
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