Leader urges regional vigilance against foreign bids to stoke unrest
Press TV -(Fri Aug 9, 2013 ) Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Egyptians and Iraqis to remain vigilant in the face of foreign plots to incite unrest in their countries.
In an address to a large crowd of worshipers attending Eid al-Fitr prayers on Tehran University campus Friday, Ayatollah Khamenei lauded the massive turnout of the Iranian people in the International Quds Day rallies, adding that their presence proved that Iranians remain steadfast in their support for one of the most pressing issues in the world and the history of Islam.
The Leader further described the formation of a new administration in Iran as an important event which “took place in the best manner,” expressing hope that the new Cabinet would soon be formed with qualified ministers.
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to contrast the developments in Iran with those in the North African and West Asian countries and said, “Unfortunately, unlike the gratifying events in Iran, the events in the Islamic region are worrisome.”
The Leader pointed to the Zionist regime’s perpetual atrocities against the oppressed Palestinian people, and stated that one of the tragedies in today’s world is the backing of the so-called advocates of human rights and democracy for the Israeli regime’s brutalities.
Like the previous rounds of negotiations, the current US-brokered talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will certainly yield no result other than the violation of the Palestinian people’s rights and further emboldening of Tel Aviv to press ahead with its crimes, the Leader said.
“The US is obviously on the usurping Zionists’ side, and this concoction of arrogant [powers] will definitely be to the detriment of the Palestinians.”
The Leader called on the Muslim world not to back down in the face of Israeli brutalities but to condemn the actions committed by Zionists and their allies.
Ayatollah Khamenei further expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Egypt, describing as a “catastrophe” the rising likelihood of a civil war in the country.
The Leader called on the great Egyptian nation, political groups, elites and scholars to consider the “dangerous consequences” of the ongoing situation.
The Leader strongly condemned the killing of the people in Egypt, warning the Egyptian groups that brutality will be counterproductive.
“If a civil war breaks out, it will create the required pretext for the interference of foreign powers,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
Highlighting the importance of democracy, Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the problem of Egypt should be solved by the country’s people as well as political and religious groups, elites and scholars.
The Leader also described the situation in Iraq as “regrettable” and said superpowers as well as reactionary states in the region are not happy with the democratically-elected Iraqi government.
“Acts of terror, events and the killing of people in Iraq are certainly carried out through the financial-political aid by certain regional and transregional countries,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.
Such efforts, the Leader added, aim to prevent the Iraqi people from enjoying a peaceful life and strip the country of tranquility and prosperity.
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the unfortunate situation in Egypt, Iraq and the other countries gripped by insecurity and conflict pleases the Zionists.
The Leader urged the Iraqi politicians, political groups and people from all walks of life including Shia and Sunni Muslims as well as Kurds and Arabs to pay attention to the dangerous repercussions of a civil strife, saying, “A civil war will destroy the infrastructures and ruin the future of nations.”