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Huge turnout of people for Arbaeen a manifestation of prominent features of the school of Prophet: Leader

30 November 2015 09:37

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the mass march towards the Iraqi city of Karbala to mark the Arba’een ritual is a show of the combination of faith and devotion.

According to Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei, who was addressing a group of Iranian religious scholars during a post-jurisprudence course on Monday, described as a “lasting privilege” the Arba’een, which marks 40 days after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), grandson and the 3rd infallible successor of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA).

The Leader said that the massive turnout of people from around the world and Iran in the march toward Karbala is a manifestation of the prominent features of the school of Prophet Mohammad’s Household.

Ayatollah Khamenei said: “The combination of devotion and faith and wisdom and affection is among the unique features of the school of Prophet Mohammad’s Household.”

According to the reports, in Karbala black-clad mourners from various countries including Iran, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and India, are traveling to Karbala not only to mark the occasion but also to reaffirm their allegiance to Imam Hussein.

Five million of these pilgrims are estimated to be coming from Iran.

The pilgrims, among them Sunni Muslims and Christians, showed their commitment to Imam Hussein (AS) by walking tens of miles barefoot to reach his shrine.

Iraqi forces have tightened security to protect pilgrims against possible terrorist attacks ahead of the mourning rituals, which falls on December 2 this year.

Leader stresses continuation of progresses in the Navy

29 November 2015 14:00

Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed the continuation of advancements in the Iranian Navy.

Addressing the commanders and officials of the Navy on Sunday, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made it clear that before the Islamic Revolution the importance, grandeur and sensitivity of sea was ignored but today the Iranian navy has made a lot of progresses, but there is a great distance till the ideal point.

Speaking on the occasion of the Navy Day, the leader described the sea as the arena of powerful confrontation with the enemies and effective cooperation with the friends, adding: “Access to high seas, connection to the four corners of the world, and the possibility of defending the country are among the blessings of the sea which should be heeded by the Iranian people and officials.”

Ayatollah Khamenei, calling achievement of the status that the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic deserve as the great responsibility of the Navy, said “The righteous, agile manpower with correct thought and management beside steadfastness, firm resolve, trust in God and hope in the future” are the most effective elements for taking Iran to its historical place fitting its status.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, referring to the importance of the Sea of Oman and the coasts of Makran, stated: “This region is a fundamental point in fulfilling the responsibility of the Navy and the government has also received necessary recommendations about revival of the region.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the astonishing victory of the Iranian nation during the sacred defense and frustrating the enemy, who enjoyed military possibilities and supports, as an example of the miracle of manpower.

The leader reiterated: “Today the abilities and advancements of the Iranian nation and the Islamic Republic’s armed forces have increased manifold; and through steadfastness, will, firm resolve and optimism a brighter future which the Iranian nation deserves can be attained.”

 

Accusing Basij of radicalism completes enemy’s infiltration project: Leader

25 November 2015 10:19

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those people who accuse Basij force of being radical are in fact completing the enemy’s infiltration project.

Ayatollah Khamenei made remarks in a meeting with thousands of Basij commanders from across the country in Tehran on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Leader once again explained about enemy’s efforts to infiltrate the country under various excuses, saying, “The [issue] of [enemy’s] infiltration is a very important issue.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the fact that some people intend to take advantage of the issue of “influence” in favor of their own political faction, does not reduce the importance of this issue because the enemy is devising plots against the country.

“Today, infiltrating into [political] currents is more dangerous than influencing individuals,” the Leader noted, adding that infiltrating into a political current means to build a network within the nation by spending money and banking on sexual attractions in order to change beliefs, ideals, views and lifestyle of the nation.

Praising Iran's Basij force as an “unending treasure,” the Leader warned that those people who accuse Basij of being extremist and radical “are completing the enemy’s infiltration project.”

“Basij is among strong embankments [of the country], which should not be undermined,” Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized.

The Leader then turned to the Intifada (uprising) of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, saying, “The Intifada of Palestinian people in the West Bank has started and people are fighting [against the Zionist regime].”

“About 60 years have passed since the occupation of Palestine and these people have changed for a number of generations, but the cause of Palestine still exists,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that the enemy aims to eliminate this cause.

“We will defend the movement of the Palestinian people in any way that we can,” the Leader emphasized.

Iran backs anyone fighting bullying, hegemony: Leader

24 November 2015 16:54

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran throws its weight behind those standing up to bullying and hegemony across the globe.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports anyone, wherever in the world, who resists bullying and hegemony,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Bolivian President Evo Morales in a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday.

The Leader hailed the “appealing and heroic” resistance of Bolivia and some other Latin American states against the bullying of hegemonic powers and said the US is pursuing a dangerous policy across the world, aimed at changing the identity of youth.

“If the Americans achieve success in this policy and manage to turn the youths’ minds into an American thought, they will dominate countries without having to foment any military coup and [having to take any] tough actions,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

He stressed the importance of resisting against such a hegemonic policy by strengthening determination and enhancing cooperation.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution praised Bolivia’s resistance against the US excessive demands.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran was the “first country in the world to fully break loose from the US dominance” thanks to a popular movement led by the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, adding that the Iranians resisted military, security and economic pressure exerted by then empires of East and West.

The Leader added that Bolivia’s great potential and its relations with Iran can strengthen resistance against bullying powers.

The Bolivian president, for his part, expressed pleasure over his meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei and said the US intervention in the countries’ domestic affairs has been troublesome.

“We regard His Excellency as the father and guide of all independent revolutions and particularly the revolutions in the Latin American region and we have learnt lots of lessons from your valuable, inspirational and hope-inspiring speeches,” he said

He added that after taking office in 2006, he had dismissed the US warning against relations with Iran and said: “We are an independent country and we do not get permission from anybody for relationship with others.”

The Bolivian president further said Iran and Bolivia are two historical, cultural and popular allies and expressed hope that bilateral relations will be broadened in different sectors.

 

Leader stresses: Daesh, other terrorist groups falsely operating in the name of Islam

24 November 2015 11:19

Leader of the Islamic Revolution met and conferred with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.

During the meeting, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Daesh and the terrorist groups falsely operating in the name of Islam have been created by and are receiving support from certain entities.

The Leader said “The Islamic countries that care and share more common understanding can reach a practical way of fighting terrorists through dialog and cooperation”.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the resistance front that had been established by Algeria, Iran, Syria and several other countries at the time of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and said certain countries that blindly follow the US prevented the continuation of such a formation of countries.

He emphasized that “If such a formation is established again, these Islamic countries can have impacts in important issues in the Muslim world and take practical measures for tackling regional problems and fighting terrorists.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said the level of cooperation between Tehran and Algiers as “very low,” and expressed hope that the ties would soon expand.

The Leader also wished Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika a quick recovery.

Sellal, for his part, said the viewpoints of Algeria and Iran regarding political issues, especially on the fight against Daesh and other terrorists, are very similar, and hoped that economic relations between the two countries also reach an acceptable level.

Algerian prime minister traveled to the Iranian capital to participate in the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).

 

Leader urges vigilance to thwart US plot for West Asia

23 November 2015 17:50

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the long-term US plot for Western Asia is against the interests of all countries, particularly Iran and Russia, urging vigilance and close interaction to thwart the scheme.

According to Press TV, in a meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the US has a long-term plot to take control of the whole of West Asia by dominating Syria and then expanding its dominion over the entire region, saying, “This plot is a threat to all nations and countries, particularly Russia and Iran.”

The Leader hailed Russia’s influential role in regional issues, particularly in the Syrian conflict, and said Moscow’s decisions and measures in dealing with developments in Damascus enhanced the regional and international standing of Russia and President Putin in particular.

“The Americans have always been trying to place their rivals in a position of passivity but you have foiled such a policy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The US and its followers are seeking to achieve through political means and negotiations the objectives that they have failed to obtain via military approaches, the Leader said, adding vigilance and a proactive stance are necessary to prevent this goal from being realized.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Washington’s insistence on the ouster of Syria’s legitimate and democratically-elected President Bashar al-Assad is among the weaknesses of the US policies.

The Leader said the Syrian president, in a national election, succeeded in winning the majority of votes of the Syrian people with “different political, religious and ethnic” viewpoints and emphasized that the US has no right to ignore the Syrians’ choice.

Ayatollah Khamenei said every solution on the Syrian crisis should be endorsed by the country’s nation and officials.

The Leader stated that Washington’s direct and indirect aid to terrorist groups, including Daesh, is among other obvious flaws in Washington’s policies.

Washington’s “cooperation with countries which have no standing in the public opinion of regional and world [nations] due to their support for terrorists shows that the Americans have no honorable diplomacy,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader stressed that with the particular exception of the nuclear issue, Iran does not and will not engage in mutual negotiations with the US about Syria or any other issues.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the proper settlement of the Syrian issue will be “very important” and will play an effective role on determining the future of the region.

If the terrorists who are committing atrocious crimes in Syria are not crushed, the expanse of their activities will spill over into the Central Asia and other parts of the world, the Leader warned.

Elsewhere, the Leader welcomed the further enhancement of Tehran-Moscow cooperation on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Ayatollah Khamenei commended Russia’s efforts on the Iranian nuclear issue and said, “This issue came to a conclusion but we have no trust in the Americans and are monitoring the US government’s attitude and performance in this regard with open eyes.”

The Leader said President Putin and Iranian officials are determined to expand mutual relations and added that the two countries should further improve cooperation, particularly in economy.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the appropriate level of cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in politics and security and said the Russian president has pursued a “very good and innovative” stance on different issues, particularly over the past 1.5 years.

The Russian president, for his part, said Tehran and Moscow have very close positions on the Syrian crisis and added that his country emphasizes that the conflict should be solved through the adoption of political approaches and resignation to the demands of the Syrian people and groups.

No country has the right to impose its views on the Syrian people and make decisions about the structure of the government and the nation’s president on behalf of them, Putin said.

He added that Russia would proceed with its airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria and stressed the importance of Tehran-Moscow cooperation about solving the Syrian crisis through political approaches.

Putin praised his country’s very active cooperation with Iran on security issues and the settlement of regional and global crises.

At the end of the meeting, the Russian president presented Ayatollah Khamenei with one of the oldest manuscripts of the Holy Qur’an as a very precious gift. The Leader thanked Putin for the gift.

 

Resistance, sole way to progress: Leader

23 November 2015 10:00

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says resistance is the sole way for independent countries to progress.

“Today, the policies of [global] arrogance have afflicted humanity like a blight; and the sole way for progress and victory by independent countries is ‘resistance’ and ‘relying on masses of people’ in the ‘war of wills,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader made the remarks in a Monday meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where Maduro is to take part in the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).

The Leader pointed to the United States’ policies toward Latin America, and noted that the US used to regard the region as its “backyard;” however, Venezuela managed to turn the region into an independent one and one with an identity of its own.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the scientific and technological advancements by Iran and said such progress in the face of pressure and sanctions by enemies was made possible by the presence and cooperation of the people.

The Leader emphasized the boosting of ties between the Islamic Republic and Venezuela, and noted, “Iran considers Venezuela’s progress and success as those of its own.”

Maduro said Iran and Venezuela are true friends.

He said imperialist countries seek to destroy the independence of other states by stoking unrest and attempting to humiliate them and their identities.

 

Terrorist crimes have nothing to do with Islam: Leader

22 November 2015 17:40

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the atrocities committed by Takfiri terrorists have nothing to do with Islam.

The Leader made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the terrorist groups’ savage crimes, such as beheading and torching people, show that they know nothing about Islam, noting, “Islam is the religion of fraternity, kindness and seeking the best for others and these crimes have nothing to do with Islam.”

“In countering the violent terrorism and barbarism committed by Daesh and like-minded Takfiri groups committing these crimes in the name of Islam, people should be given the chance to practice rightful Islamic activities," said the Leader.

The best way for blocking the infiltration of the Takfiri currents, the Leader said, is to bolster genuine Islamic ideologies, which he described as "moderate and sensible."

Ayatollah Khamenei also described the nations of Iran and neighboring Turkmenistan as close relatives and underscored the need for the two countries to take “effective and practical” steps with a view to implementing bilateral agreements.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution underlined the necessity for Iran and Turkmenistan to further cooperation amid tense conditions prevailing in the region.

“Iran-Turkmenistan border are frontiers of peace and calm, and are reason for the two sides' peace of mind and the possibility of using the Iran route for access to the Persian Gulf and high seas is a valuable opportunity for Turkmenistan,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.

For his part, the Turkmen president described as unfavorable the ongoing political conditions in the region and noted that Daesh and its followers are foreigners to the teachings of Islam. He expressed regret that certain governments are supporting the Daesh terrorists.

Berdimuhamedow also expressed delight with his meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei, saying Iran and Turkmenistan maintain historically good ties.

He welcomed Ayatollah Khamenei’s description of Iranian and Turkmen nations as close relatives and said the implementation of the recommendations of the Leader during previous visits have born fruitful results.

The Turkmen leader also said that some countries are interested in becoming linked to high seas through Iran and Turkmenistan.

Gurbanguly arrived in Tehran earlier in the day on a visit aimed at boosting the bilateral ties.

So far during the visit, Iran and Turkmenistan have signed nine memorandums of understanding for the expansion of cooperation in different fields, including the health and medical sector, media, power transfer, sports, transportation, and housing.

During his stay, the Turkmen president is also to attend the third Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit, which is to be held in the Iranian capital on Monday, with nine heads of states, including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in attendance.

 

‘Russian president to meet Ayatollah Khamenei on Monday’

21 November 2015 07:48

The Kremlin says on Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during his visit to Iran next week.

According to Press TV, Yuri Ushakov, the Russian President's Foreign Policy Aide, told reporters that the meeting will be held in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday.

Ushakov said the two sides will discuss "issues in bilateral relations, including atomic energy, oil and gas, and military-technical cooperation."

Putin will also attend the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Tehran on Monday.

The Russian president is also expected to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip, the first such visit since 2007.

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum has 18 main and observer members and its permanent secretariat is located in Qatar’s capital city, Doha.

Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela are the main members of the GECF.

The forum’s observer members are Iraq, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, and Peru.

 

Leader’s guidelines with regards to environmental policies of the Islamic Republic

17 November 2015 13:19

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has issued a set of guidelines on environmental policies, in a letter to the heads of the three branches of the Iranian government, in relation to implementation of article 110 of Iran’s constitution.

In his letter, the Leader sets out the central planks of Iran’s environmental policies, which includes the formation of a national environmental strategy, coordinated management of Iran’s natural environmental resources, toughening up of laws and penalties dealing with environmental destruction, drawing up of an atlas of flora and fauna of Iran, strengthening of environmental diplomacy, boosting Iran’s “green economy”, and the promotion of cultural and environmental ethics based on Iranian and Islamic values.

The overall environmental policies were arrived at after consultations with experts of Iran’s Expediency Council, and these have been set out in a letter to the heads of the three branches of the government.

The letter emphasizes the setting up of a coordinated environmental strategy, as well as providing a healthy environment for all the people to live in, and observing environmental justice and making sure that future generations can also benefit from a healthy environment.

The letter also called for constant monitoring of the environment, and strict control of polluting agents of water, soil and air.

The Leader’s letter also calls for monitoring and “management” of climate change, as well as ways of countering various environmental threats , such as desertification, sand storms and dust particles, drought , and environmental damage caused by radioactivity. The letter says a close eye should also be kept on new environmental threats and phenomena.

In his letter the Leader also emphasized that fuels which are environmentally-friendly should also be promoted.

The Leader also said steps should be taken to make the manufacturing sector more environmentally-friendly, and consumption of water, food, resources and energy should be optimized to minimize damage to the environment.

The Leader also calls for bilateral and multilateral efforts to fight environmental pollution in the region, as well as the wider world.

 

Leader says Iran progressed despite Western restrictions

11 November 2015 10:16

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says conditions set by Western countries for supplying Iran with nuclear fuel prompted the country’s young scientists to produce the fuel on Iran's soil.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with heads of Iranian universities and higher education centers in the capital, Tehran, on Wednesday.

“ln the case of selling 20-percent [nuclear] fuel [to Iran], Western [countries] set humiliating conditions. Of course, this ended in our favor and our youths made effort and produced it [inside the country],” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the success of the Iranian youths in producing nuclear fuel inside the country put Western countries “on edge.”

The Leader noted that according to the latest figures, Iran has gone down two notches in terms of the pace of its scientific progress.

“This is bad. With this pace of scientific progress we are way behind. We have been kept behind for many long years,” the Leader added.

Noting that the United States started its scientific progress 140 years ahead of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “The issue that amazed the world is the speed of our progress. They said the speed of the Islamic Republic’s scientific growth is 13 times that of the world’s [scientific] growth figure.”

Criticizing occasional un-Islamic moves in some universities, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Some people have mistaken cultural work in universities for mixed concerts and camps.”

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that cultural activities should train students who would be “creative, revolutionary, believing in [religious] ideals, loving their country and the Establishment, with insight, with self-confidence” and full of hope.

The Leader also told officials to give enough latitude to “faithful and revolutionary” youths for their activities.

 

 

US, Iran’s main enemy: Leader

03 November 2015 10:05

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States is the main enemy of Iran.

According to Press TV, Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a Tuesday meeting with Iranian students in the capital, Tehran.

According to the Iranian calendar, Wednesday, Aban 13, marks the day when Iranian students took over the US embassy in Tehran, dubbed the “den of espionage,” back in 1979. It has been named the ‘National Day of Fighting Global Arrogance’.

In his Tuesday remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the 1953 coup d’état against former Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, and noted the then-premier made a mistake by putting his trust in the US after the Iranian oil industry was nationalized.

The Leader said the US has in recent years been involved in having certain individuals conceal its hostile intentions against Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei said the objective is to hide the real intention of the enemy from Iran so foes can harm the country.

The Leader said some people do that with evil motives, some others out of folly.

Ayatollah Khamenei urged Iranian students to learn lessons from the US embassy takeover, noting that those students who seized the embassy found out that it was a “den of espionage.”

The Leader said “This shows that the Americans, at the height of the revolutionary movement and the victory of the Revolution, were conspiring against the Islamic Republic; that is what America is.”

The Leader pointed to the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group and said it was the strength of the Iranian nation that forced the countries that claim a world power status to join each other and rise up to the Iranian nation and employ the hostile measures that they did in the hope that the Iranian nation would no more be able to stand on its feet. Ayatollah Khamenei said “That is the power of the Iranian nation.”

The Leader said taking insignificant internal issues as pretexts, some people forget who the enemy is, adding that “Of course, the society is free, and criticism leads to progress; however, one shouldn’t mistake the main enemy with secondary enemies and with friends with whom one has disagreements.”

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said “The main enemy is he who seeks to destroy the achievement of the Iranian nation.”

The Leader said “In the negotiations, claiming that they opposed war, Americans even shed tears in front of cameras. This is the very person who doesn’t bother when Zionists cut to pieces hundreds of children in Gaza. Is crying in front of the camera a sincere act?”

The Leader noted “The slogan ‘Death to America’ is backed by reason and wisdom; and it goes without saying that the slogan does not mean death to the American nation; this slogan means death to the US policies, death to arrogance.”

Urging alertness by the youth in the face of such attempts, Ayatollah Khamenei said “Our universities were one day a bridge to the West; today, they are ladders to reach high goals; certain people want to destroy this ladder and replace it with that bridge to the West.”

 

Leader says US major part of regional problems, not solution

01 November 2015 11:31

Leader of the Islamic Revolution says the United States is behind a major part of the existing problems in the region, not a solution to them.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, along with Iran's ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions to other countries on Sunday.

Rejecting foreign propaganda about “compulsory or self-imposed” changes in Iran's foreign policy, the Leader said such an analysis on the part of the Western countries “stems from the pressure exerted on them as a result of this reality that the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic, at least at regional level, has prevented unrivaled jockeying of hegemonic powers, especially America like a strong barrier” and this is why they always aspire these policies to be changed.

He added that Iran’s foreign policy, like all world countries, is predicated upon long-term interests, principles and values of the country and will not change with administrations holding different political views.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the impact of different administrations only goes as far as the tactics and executive initiatives of the country’s foreign policy strategies. The Leader emphasized that the US objectives in the Middle East are diametrically opposed to those of Iran. He further pointed to the four-year crisis in Syria and said holding elections is the solution to the Arab country’s conflict.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that financial and military support for militants must first be terminated to end war and unrest in Syria so that the Syrian people would be able to elect who they wish in a secure and safe atmosphere.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei also said the partitioning of Iraq into Shia Arab, Sunni Arab and Kurdish regions is completely against its national interests and is an “impractical, meaningless and unacceptable” plan.

 

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