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US Neither Sincere Nor Serious in Campaign against Terrorism

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says certain powers, the US in particular, are neither sincere nor serious in the campaign against terrorism.

The Leader stressed the importance of enhancing cooperation between Tehran and Astana in different political, economic and international fields as well as in the fight against terrorism.

“Certain powers, particularly the US, are not sincere and serious in their alleged campaign against terrorism, but Muslim countries can distance the Muslim world from such threat through honest cooperation,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

The Leader referred to Washington's aid to Daesh terrorist militants operating in Iraq as an example of dishonest behaviors by various self-declared anti-terror coalitions, saying: “In a bid to justify their double-standards, they classify terrorism into good and bad categories.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said terrorists of European nationality are massively wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

“These realities prove the lack of seriousness on the part of the West, particularly the Americans, in the fight against terrorism,” added the Leader.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Muslim nations are facing the threat of terrorist groups “acting in the name of Islam but in fact acting against Islam and Muslims.”

“On the other hand, certain Western powers are not willing to see Muslim countries united and stand by each other,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said tackling the threat of terrorism and the double-dealings of world powers requires enhanced cooperation among Muslim countries within the framework of wise and logical policies.

“We have a brotherly feeling toward Muslim countries and Iran and Kazakhstan share views on many global issues,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei also said the Islamic Republic welcomes the bolstering of cooperation with Kazakhstan in different political and economic sectors and particularly in defining the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also said the Iranian Armed Forces are required to enhance their “military might” along with “spiritual and religious motivations."

“In the Islamic Republic establishment, the main task assigned to the Armed Forces is to defend national security boundaries; therefore, the operational capability and spiritual motivations of these forces must be upgraded from day to day,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

“The Armed Forces are not at the disposal of a specific person or specific party and faction, but belong to the whole nation and country and must be a safe bulwark for people and protector of national and public security,” the Leader added.

The Leader added that the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the only military power that is "efficient" and "ideologically-driven" and operates in a country with "political independence."

Ayatollah Khamenei also said Saudi Arabia’s army has failed to realize its objectives more than a year after it invaded Yemen in full force.

The Leader said some armies in the world have been established only for protecting ruling regimes.

“Such armies apparently enjoy high operational and military might, but in the battlefield they indulge only in militarism, irrationality and ruthlessness,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution has also criticized visits by European delegations to Iran for failing to yield tangible and practical results, saying Tehran must be able to sense the outcome of such expeditions.

“Some European governments and companies have been visiting Iran and are in talks [with Iran], but the product of these negotiations has not yet been tangible,” the Leader said.

“Some people shift the blame for this issue onto the Americans, which seems to be an acceptable assessment given their track record and behavior,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding, “As even now they are not fulfilling their obligations made throughout the nuclear talks with Iran as they should and through their remarks and actions are intimidating other parties into not cooperating with Iran.” 

The Leader said the Islamic Republic views Italy in a positive and optimistic light, noting that Iran does not regard “certain European countries” in the same manner because of their subservience to the US.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran and Italy can cooperate in fighting terrorism.

“A number of European countries used to support certain violent terrorist groups for some time and today the dangerous and overarching wave of terrorism has reached Europe too,” the Leader added.

Ayatollah Khamenei cited Washington's financial and arms support for terrorist groups as an obstacle to the eradication of terrorism, adding, “There is authentic and accurate information about aid by the US for Daesh and certain other terrorist groups. Even now that they have formed a [so-called] anti-Daesh coalition certain American organs are helping Daesh in one way or other.” 

The Leader criticized major propaganda apparatuses in the world for spreading anti-Islam sentiments under the pretext of “actions committed by certain wicked and terrorist” elements.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also expressed hope that the 13th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Turkish city of Istanbul will reinforce unity and integrity in the Muslim world.

Division and extremist dogma pose great threats to the Muslim world, Rouhani said.

“We should have more cooperation in the fight against terrorism and extremism and ways to uproot differences in the Muslim world,” the Iranian president said.

He emphasized that various crises in the Middle East should be settled only through political approaches.

The Iranian president said Iran and Kazakhstan attach great importance to the establishment of security and stability in Afghanistan and believe that the national unity government in the war-torn country should be strengthened.

Rouhani added that terrorism has caused many problems in regional countries, particularly in Syria and Iraq.

“We regard political negotiations as the only final solution to the Syrian crisis and believe that all Syrian groups and tribes should make contribution to and be instrumental in the country’s future,” he pointed out.

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also said the Islamic Republic and Kazakhstan hold common positions on regional developments.

“The two countries of Iran and Kazakhstan share view on the point the voice of unity and cooperation in the Muslim world should be spread across the globe,” the Iranian president said.

He added that extremism, sectarian division and terrorism are the major threats to the Muslim world and called for the adoption of political approaches to establish stability in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and to put an end to the Saudi war in Yemen.

The Iranian president further said Tehran and Astana have always maintained cordial and growing relations since the independence of Kazakhstan some 25 years ago.

He added that Iranian and Kazakh officials signed 66 documents for cooperation, worth two billion dollars, in the public and private sectors, saying the agreements mark a “turning point” in mutual relations.

He noted that Tehran and Astana would strengthen cooperation in different fields of economy, agriculture, science, culture, technology and communications.

The Iranian president said the two sides also reached agreements in the sectors of oil and gas, petrochemical industry, crude oil and petroleum products swap.

He added that bilateral cooperation in the Caspian Sea including marine transportation, tourism and the determination of the landlocked lake's legal status were also discussed during talks with the Kazakh president.

*Photo Credit: Press TV, Mehr News

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