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Leader: Nowruz, ideal chance to convey Eastern culture

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:43:10 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (3rd L) receives President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his counterparts from Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian New Year, Nowruz, is a fitting occasion to bring regional nations and governments closer together.

"This (Nowruz) event and its continuity can serve as an appropriate ground for bringing governments and nations in the region closer together," said Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting with regional leaders and representatives taking part in the first International Nowruz Celebrations in Tehran on Saturday.

The leader emphasized that the global recognition of Nowruz can in fact serve as sort of a "cultural gift and conveyance from nations that mark Nowruz to other nations, particularly the West."

Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that at a time "when, unfortunately, the cultural current remains from West to East," the international recognition of Nowruz provides the opportunity to "transfer and export the high values of eastern culture to Western nations. "

The UN General Assembly recognized March 21st as the International Day of Nowruz earlier in February, calling on world countries to draw on the holiday's rich history to promote peace and goodwill.

The Leader also touched upon the efforts by certain world powers to cause crisis among regional nations and added, "The fact is that the Interests of regional nations are not in contradiction but indeed complement each other."

He said that regional nations can establish a high value cultural complex, adding, "The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes bolstering relations and cooperation among regional and neighboring countries which subscribe to a common culture."

He added that Iran honors the progress of every neighboring country.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Nowruz is a leading spiritual, national and international occasion and a symbol of innovation, freshness and consolidation of friendship and kindness between friends and relatives.

Nowruz, meaning “a new day,” is an ancient Iranian tradition that has been celebrated around the globe for nearly three millenniums. It honors the first day of spring as a new year and a brand new beginning on a merry, peaceful note. It is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, which normally lands on March 21.


In Iran, Leader assails hypocrisy in US approach

Sun, 21 Mar 2010 16:26:58 GMT

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday the actions of the United States run counter to its call for establishing amicable relations with Iran.

"The new [US] administration and president claimed interest in just and fair relations; they wrote letters and sent messages ... saying they are willing to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic, but in practice they did the opposite," the Leader said in a Nowruz address to Iranians in the holy city of Mashhad.

The remarks came after the US president repeated his symbolic offer of dialogue with Tehran, without specifying what concessions Washington is actually prepared to make.

"We are working with the international community to hold the Iranian government accountable because they refuse to live up to their international obligations," said President Barack Obama in a Nowruz message released Saturday. "But our offer of comprehensive diplomatic contacts and dialogue stands."

Ayatollah Khamenei lashed out at the US president for supporting the unrest erupted after last year's June presidential election, saying the enemies had plans to start a "civil war" in the country.

"They tried very much to divide the people but they failed … this was a victory for the nation," he said. "Eight months after the elections, they took the worst possible stance. The [US] president called those rioters and saboteurs 'civil rights activists'."

"Sometimes the US government appears as a wolf or a fox and looks violent and arrogant, and sometimes they look different," the Leader added.

The Leader said it was normal for Iran to have enemies as it is supported by the nations around the world. Washington, on the other hand, he said, is hated by the nations around the world for decades of aggression and invasion against sixty countries.


New year, year of Double ambition, Double endeavor


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Saturday named the new Iranian year as the year of 'Double ambition, Double endeavor' and hoped that the great Iranian nation and officials close more to their goals through more ambition and work.

Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated beginning of the new Iranian year and spring to all Iranians in the country and abroad especially families of martyrs and war veterans.

Regarding the developments in the past Iranian year, the Islamic Revolution Leader said the year was the scene of glory, victory and historical presence of the Iranian nation in the arenas relating to the fate of the Islamic Revolution and Iran.

Pointing to unprecedented presence of the Iranian nation in 12 June elections, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian nation showed their national will, resistance and insight in the post-elections events.

"Enemies of Iran and the Islamic system focused to defeat the Rev olution from inside but the nation foiled the plot through their unique awareness, insight and resistance," Islamic Revolution Leader added.

Appreciating valuable endeavors made by officials for development of the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said big works have been done in scientific, industrial, social and foreign policy affairs in the country past year.

Highlighting high capacity of the country for development and justice, Islamic Revolution Leader said the capacity of the great nation makes us to make much more endeavors to achieve the best conditions.

Ayatollah Khamenei hoped that the great Iranian nation and officials do their best and take higher steps to get closer to the peaks of development and justice in different economic, cultural, political, social and development fields through relying on God and strengthening knowledge and faith.


Leader congratulates nation on Nowruz

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:59:09 GMT

In the name of God

O the transformer of hearts and sights…
O the planner of night and day…
O the transformer of our being…
Transform our being into the very best…

I congratulate all Iranians living in our vast and dear country on Nowruz and the beginning of the year, the first day of spring and the rebirth of nature. I also congratulate all Iranians living in other parts of the world, those who have great hopes for their country.

I would especially like to congratulate the youth, men and women, who have made great sacrifices for the high goals of the revolution and the country; those who have dedicated their lives and their youth for the revolution and the prosperity of our country; the honorable families of the martyrs, war-disabled veterans and their families and all those who work for the prosperity of the country.

And I would like to pay tribute to our great Imam Khomeini, the founder of this massive movement of people, the one who started the development of the great Islamic Republic of Iran.

Nowruz is the beginning of growth, this growth, as felt in the nature, can take shape in our hearts and mind in our movement towards development.

Let's take a look back at the year 1388 which is coming to an end, if we want to describe the year 1388 in one sentence, I think it would be the year of the Iranian nation, the year of victory for this great nation, the year of historic and effective participation of this nation in spheres linked to the destiny of our great Revolution and great country.

In the early months of the year 1388, people, with their unprecedented participation, organized an election which was unprecedented in the history of our Revolution and in our country's long history; an outstanding point of our history.

During the following months, again, people in a big test and in a big and historic movement demonstrated their participation, determination, perseverance, national resolve and their wisdom.

As a brief interpretation of the events in the months following the elections, I can say the enemies of the country and the enemies of the Islamic Republic concentrated all their efforts and power on defeating this Revolution from within itself.

Our nation stood against this fiendish plot and vicious act and brought the enemy to his knees with outstanding wisdom, perseverance and resolve.

What happened during the eight months after the election until the 22nd of Bahman (Feb. 11) has been an experience full of lessons and warnings and has actually been a begining for the Iranian nation.

The nation acted brilliantly in the year 1388, and the officials also made great and admirable efforts, these efforts were considerable and deserve admiration; it is the duty of all impartial observers to appreciate these efforts and work done for the sake of the country's prosperity and development in different spheres. Officials have made great achievements in scientific and industrial spheres, in social affairs and foreign policy. May God reward them all and grant them the opportunity to make further achievements.

What my observation of the current status of the country and the huge capacity of this great nation and country tell me is that what we have done, what the officials and people have done is not much given the huge capacity of the country for development.

We are obliged to struggle more and make more efforts, much more than before.

This part of the prayer we recite in the year's transition is interesting when we say "transform our being to the very best." It does not say "make us feel better or bring us better days," it calls for the best happenings, best days and best situation.

This is the high aspiration of a Muslim; he wants to reach the best in all spheres.

This year we need to multiply our efforts to achieve what this prayer has taught us in accordance with the country's necessities and capacity. We need to increase the level our work.

I have named this year as "redoubled diligence and redoubled work," hoping that all officials along with people with higher aspiration and intensified work can take higher steps and move closer toward our high goals in different fields including the economic, cultural, political, civil and social fields.

We need this redoubled diligence; our country needs this redoubled work. We need to trust God, seek God's help, we should know the ground has been prepared for more work.

Our enemies target our nation's knowledge and devotion, we should intensify our knowledge and devotion, with God's help the roads will be paved, barriers will be removed, and God's help and victory will assist our nation and authorities.


IR Ledaer highlights D8 as model for Muslims


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday highlighted the huge cultural and Islamic commonalities of D8 member states and said cooperation between the 8 Muslim countries can be a model for the world of Islam.

Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing the participants of the first D8 Industrial Ministers Summit in Tehran.

The IR Leader in his remarks highlighted the cultural and Islamic commonalities of D8 member states including their important geo-politic position in Asia and Africa, and their one billion population and energy resources.

The IR Leader said cooperation between the member countries can be a model for all Muslim countries and the continuation of industrial cooperation would certainly have positive effects on the Islamic world, including the 8 countries.

Referring to Iran’s support for cooperation between Islamic countries since the beginning of D8 establishment, Ayatollah Khamenei said Islamic Repu blic of Iran is ready to present its scientific and industrial achievements to Muslim countries.

Pointing to the application of science and industry by hegemonic countries in gaining dominance over other countries, the IR Leader said the Muslim world should promote Islamic countries to their deserving position by employing their great human and natural resources, outstanding talents and cooperation with each other.

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the necessity of implementing agreements reached in Tehran Summit and urged D8 Group members to increase their cooperation and make impressive strides in industrial progress.

In the beginning of the meeting, IRI Minister of Industries and Mines Ali Akbar Mehrabian reported on the D8 Summit in Tehran and said the first D8 Industrial Ministers Summit was held in Tehran on the initiative of Iran.

D 8 is a group of 8 developing countries with large Muslim population that have formed an economic development alliance. It consists of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria, and Turkey


Meeting with head of Islamic Culture and Communications Organizationas well as IRI cultural representatives


slamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with head of Islamic Culture and Communications Organization as well as IRI cultural representatives abroad said Tuesday the real might of the country was in culture, adding that the cultural ambassadors were duty bound to help present a correct image of the IRI's Islamic system realities, reflect the advances of current Iran and promote the Persian language and literature.

Referring to the position and importance of cultural activities and communications, Ayatollah Khamenei added: "If a cultural work is done correctly so that it affects people's thought and emotions, definitely some possible vacuums in the foreign diplomacy of the country or commercial and economic communications would be filled."

The Islamic Revolution Leader pointed to the methods of colonizer countries in reaching their incorrect and unjust goals through cultural relations and influence, sayi ng: "These countries pursue their inhuman goals with cultural moves, while in the Islamic system which is originated from genuine divine thoughts, cultural methods and tools should be used more appropriately."

Explaining the heavy duties of cultural ambassadors, the IR Leader added: "Presenting a correct image of the Revolution and the system of Islamic Republic to the world's people and the officials is one of the important duties of cultural ambassadors."

Referring to the broad propaganda efforts of the arrogance in presenting a marred image from the Islamic system, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "By presenting a marred image of the system of Islamic Republic, they intend to make the world's people and those interested in this system pessimistic and reduce the spiritual effect of the Islamic Revolution."

The IR Leader said the job of presenting a correct image from the Islamic system requires a correct definition of Islam. "Ill-wishers and bullies try to present an Islam to the world's people that is either a petrified Islam or a useless liberal Islam, while the real and genuine Islam has lofty, deep and clear concepts of human being, God, the future world and the humanity's material and spiritual needs."

Ayatollah Khamenei said another duty of the representatives was to introduce the remarkable scientific progresses and the literature and art of the country.

The Leader also urged the representatives to present the democratic manifestations of the country, adding religious manifestations are among the significant realities in this regard.

"The spiritual and amorous presence of different layers of people especially the youth in religious ceremonies including Quran and prayer recitation and mourning gatherings is a great event in the country that should be showed to the world's people through art and documentation," Ayatollah Khamenei urged.

The IR Leader also highlighted the issue of Persian language and liter ature and urged the cultural ambassadors to promote the Persian language through promotion of boards of Persian language in scientific and academic centers."

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