TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said he is hopeful that the new policy of the United States on Syria is not a “political game”.
The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian hajj officials in Tehran on Wednesday, held ahead of the annual gathering of Muslims in Mecca for the hajj pilgrimage, which begins in early October and culminates in November this year according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
“I am hopeful that the new policy of the United States on Syria is serious and is not a political game,” the Leader stated. “If it is the case, it means that the United States has reversed the wrong and willful policy which it had pursued over the past few weeks.”
He added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran is closely and vigilantly watching regional developments.”
On Tuesday evening U.S. President Barack Obama said he would postpone a vote in Congress on U.S. military action against the Syrian government, which he accuses of firing poison gas munitions into a Damascus suburb controlled by rebels, according to Reuters.
Obama also pledged to explore a Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical arsenal but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.
Iran has also welcomed Russia’s proposal on Syria and urged all nations to sign the Chemical Weapons Convention treaty that bans their use.
Ayatollah Khamenei also said, “They (the Americans) are even ready to ignite fire and trample on the interests of other countries and nations to serve their purported national interests which are in fact the interests of the Zionists and big capitalists.”
On the mission of hajj pilgrims during the great gathering of Muslims, the Leader said that all Iranian pilgrims are obligated to try to promote the real image of Islam and the Shia in order to thwart the efforts being made by the media outlets of opponents of the Islamic system to tarnish its image.
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