Leader: Iran extends hand of friendship to neighbors

May 10, 2008

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei declared on Thursday that Iran extends the “hand of friendship” toward its neighbors for establishing security in the region.

“Today, like the past Iran extends brotherly and friendship hand toward neighbors,” the supreme leader told thousands of enthusiastic people in the city of Lar in Fars province.
The leader added that “the Persian Gulf security should be ensured by the regional states”.
He denounced presence of the U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf region and called it the cause of rampant “insecurity and instability”.
Iran has established friendly and brotherly ties with its neighboring Arab states as well as other regional states and this is a source of concern for the U.S. and the Zionist regime, the Supreme Leader underlined.
The U.S. and the Zionist regime are doing their best to sow seeds of discords among Muslim countries and this requires these states to be vigilant, the Supreme Leader explained.
Iran and its great nation are united and are to bring their rough enemies to their knees, said Ayatollah Khamenei.
The Leader said the great Iranian people with reliance on Islam have got united and are determined to defend their dignity and identity.
“Islam has brought us freedom, independence, dignity, public welfare and all-out development and this nation is determined to attain its lofty goals,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Existing brotherly ties between Shiite and Sunni in Larestan is a good example of unity among Muslims, pointed out the Supreme Leader.
“Unity is the key which thwarts all plots hatched by the global arrogance,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Since the U.S. has been bugged down in Iraq they try to put the blames on others, pointed out the Supreme Leader.
Referring to false accusations raised by the U.S. about Iran’s involvement in Iraq’s insecurity, the Supreme Leader said the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is enough to incite the Iraqi people against them.
On regional developments, the Supreme Leader said the U.S. interference in the issue of Palestine and the country’s all-out support for the Zionist regime have complicated the problem of Palestine, adding that the wise and freedom-seeking nation of Palestine has chosen their democratic government but the U.S. through its unlawful interventions and backing the Zionist regime is the main cause of unrest and disorders.
There is no doubt that the issue of Iraq and Palestine will be solved and then after nothing will be left from dignity and identity of the global arrogance, said Ayatollah Khamenei.
The Supreme Leader thanked the people in Fars provinces for their warm hospitality during his stay in the province.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei wound up his visit to this southern province Thursday noon and departed for Tehran.
Ayatollah Khamenei arrived in Shiraz last Wednesday morning amid warm welcome of enthusiastic people.
During his nine-day stay, the Supreme Leader traveled to various cities of the province, met local residents, families of martyrs and war veterans, officials, elites, university students and clerics.