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Leader invited to attend U.N sponsored conference (31.7.2000)

Tehran, July 31, IRNA -- The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been invited to attend a prestigious international conference titled `World Peace in the 3rd Millennium to be held at the United Nations, reported `Tehran Times' Monday. An informed source talking to the English-language daily said that the Leader however is not going to United Nations, but ``will send his message which will be read in the conference.'' Quoting the source, the paper wrote that ``Ayatollah Javadi Amoli, a prominent instructor at Qom Seminary will represent the Leader at the conference.'' He will read the message of the Leader who will throw light on different aspects of Islamic philosophy for carving peace in the world that was repleted with bloody wars during the last century, the paper continued.....
:irna 31/07/2000 14:28

Leader's Office Thanks People of Ardebil Province for Hospitality (29.7.2000)

Tehran, July 29, IRNA -- Office of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei issuing a communique Saturday thanked the people of the Ardebil Province for their warm welcome and hospitality shown to the Leader during his tour to the province. The Leader's landmark visit to the Ardebil Province has turned into a great and unforgettable event in the Province's history, said the statement adding that the visit indicated the unbreakable link between the people in this region and the Leader. The emotional scenes of the Leader's talks with the courageous and loyal people of the province including the enthusiastic youths and basijis was indicative of the fact that the love for the leadership is deeply rooted in the heart and mind of the Iranian nation, the statement added. The Leader's Office in its statement praised the exhaustive efforts made by the Ardebil officials to remove the poverty in the region and hoped that the plans developed to meet the problems facing the province be effectively implemented owing to the cooperation and assistance of the provincial authorities.
:irna 29/07/2000 22:22

Leader Addresses Directors, Executive Officials of Ardabil Province (28.7.2000)

Tehran, July 28, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with the directors and executive officials of Ardabil Province on the last day of his visit to the province said the main objective followed by the Islamic system is to serve the people. He said the officials should take full advantage of the appropriate grounds provided by the Islamic Revolution to serve the people and contribute to the prosperity of the country. The best solution to the problems facing the nation is to adopt effective measures to remove poverty, corruption and discrimination, the Leader said, adding that this aim could be achieved through designing far-reaching plans and making optimal use of the human and natural resources of the country. Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the public corruption is a factor triggering great destructive effects while adding that the poor performance of the civil servants in the public services, bribery, illegitimate appointments and dismissals are signs of the public corruption.
:irna 28/07/2000 16:24

Supreme Leader meets Sabalan nomads (28.7.2000)

Tehran, July 28, IRNA- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Thursday met with members of Sevan tribe that dwell on the slopes of the Sabalan Mountain. Ayatollah Khamenei, who is on a tour of northwest Iran, praised the contribution of Iranian nomads to the development of the country on the side of other nationals since the triumph of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. At the same meeting, Iran's Minister of Construction Jihad, Saeedi Kia, presented Ayatollah Khamenei a report on the current status of Iran's nomads, including those in Ardebil province.
:irna 28/07/2000 00:22

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Leader stresses settlement of problems by country's officials (26.7.2000)

Tehran, July 26, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in the city of Meshkin-Shahr stressed that solving the problems and removing shortages are among main duties of the government and officials of the country. Addressing a public gathering in the northwestern city of Meshkin-Shahr, the Leader reiterated that keeping the minds of officials and people busy with unreal and factional issues is a treason to the Islamic Republic system and the nation. On fundamental difference between the Islamic system and Pahlavi monarchical system, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the objective of the Islamic system and its officials is to the serve people and to remove deprivation from the country. Some certain people and factions, said the Leader, are trying to prevent government's planning aimed at solving the problems by injecting factional issues and false tumults. "I have repeatedly told the government and Majlis that their first priority is to solve economic problems facing people. "Making hue and cry about minor issues and writing and talking about issues of interest to the U.S. and Zionist intelligence services is a treason to the country and the nation," the Supreme Leader stated. As to efforts being made by the enemies to prevent construction and development in the country, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Today, full support for the Islamic Republic system and its officials is the most important religious, moral and national duty of people from different walks of life, particularly the youth. Through the people's full support, the officials will be able to solve the existing problems." Reiterating that the global arrogance, led by the Great Satan, the U.S., is trying to prevent the Islamic system from fulfilling its promises and from becoming a model for others, the Leader stressed that today, hatred for the plunderer U.S. and the occupier regime of Israel are among the matters which the Iranian nation whole-heartedly believe in. Prior to the Leader's speech, Hojatoleslam Mohsenzadeh, the city's Friday prayers leader outlined some problems facing the region. The Supreme Leader arrived in Ardebil on Monday morning. The Leader is accompanied by a number of his representatives during his inspection tour.
:irna 26/07/2000 15:46

Leader: Revival of spirit of unity, amity main task of clerics Ardebil (26.7.2000)

July 26, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Tuesday afternoon said the burden of teaching, identifying and addressing people's demands and aspirations, particularly that of the youth, fell on the shoulders of the clergy.

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Addressing a gathering of religious figures, theologians and clergy of Ardebil, the Supreme Leader stressed that the Islamic movement of the world followed the leading of the Islamic Republic. "Enemies of Islam are unable to stop the movement," added the Leader. He reminded his listeners of the hardships borne by distinguished Ulema in the course of history for the sake of religion, truth and justice as they served the people and confronted oppressors. The vaunted place of religion in Iran which is located in a highly sensitive region of the world was won through the efforts and sincerity of religious Ulema and the devotion of people which brought a kind of unity and dignity to the world's Muslims. Therefore, the Leader stressed, the only way to preserve the nique place of religion in Iran is to continue the efforts and endeavors of the Ulema and clerics. Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that clerics should be abreast with modern thoughts in various fields so that they can properly address issues or questions raised by the youth. Stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran and its slogans were the propellers of the movement and Islamic vigilance in the world, the Supreme Leader further remarked that the moral power of the Islamic Republic as well as its continuing political progress has frightened enemies and world powers. Therefore, the Leader added, they are working hard to halt the movement. Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader pointed to the attempts and activities launched by Zionist-affiliated entities and global espionage systems to sow discord in Iran. "The grave task of the Ulema and clerics is, therefore, to revive the spirit of unity and amity, as well as hope in life, in people, especially the youth," he said. The Leader then expressed his hope that the cultural and scientific initiative of young clergymen would contribute to the accomplishment of the great Islamic tasks that lie ahead. Ayatollah Khamenei arrived in Ardebil, north of Iran, on Monday morning for an inspection tour of the province. NS/LS/KS End ::irna 26/07/2000 12:12

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The Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei visits tomb of outstanding Iranian Shiite gnostic Sheikh Safieddin Ardebili on the second day of his tour of Ardebil Province on Wednesday. BG/RR Photo by IRNA

Leader: Iran's armed forces prepared to defend national borders (25.7.2000)

Tehran, July 25, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said in Ardebil on Tuesday the Islamic Republic has never mobilized its armed forces to launch an assault against any country, but, the armed forces will strongly defend the rights of the Iranian nation and safeguard the country's land and sea borders. Speaking after reviewing a military parade in Ardebil, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces said the Muslim and faithful intellectuals have borne sufferings for centuries in order to establish the Islamic Republic.

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The Leader said the Muslim nation of Iran at last founded the Islamic Republic with the help of God Almighty under the leadership of the late Imam Khomeini. The Supreme Leader said the arrogant world powers are irritated by the establishment of the Islamic Republic and have employed every conspiracy to confront the Islamic system in Iran. "The Islamic Republic is a sacred tree rooted in the religious nature of the Iranian nation. To the dismay of the adversaries of the Islamic Republic, it will continue to grow stronger thanks to the support and steadfastness of the nation and efficiency of the government," the Leader said. Ayatollah Khamenei said the armed forces are firmly responsible for safeguarding the geographic borders. Neither the U.S. nor any other country can stop the Islamic Republic of Iran from going ahead, he added. Iran, the Leader pointed out, has never cast a covetous eye on any neighboring state and will strongly stand against any provocative action from any country.
:irna 25/07/2000 17:37

Supreme Leader Holds Talks with Families of Martyrs, War Veterans, Disabled in Ardabil (24.7.2000)

Tehran, July 24, IRNA -- Addressing a large gathering of the enthusiastic people including families of the martyrs, war disabled and veterans of the Ardabil Province on Monday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the officials shoulder a heavy responsibility toward the martyrs.

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He also said that the Iranian nation are deeply indebted to the war veterans, disabled and martyrs and their honorable families. The courageous and self-sacrificing actions of the war veterans and martyrs during the sacred defense prevented the enemies to reach their evil objectives, to infiltrate into Iranian territory and to humiliate the Iranians, the Leader said, adding that this great honor belongs to parents, espouses and families of the martyrs. Pointing to the courageous acts of the young believers in defending the nation during the Iraqi-imposed war, Ayatollah khamenei stated that the young people have guaranteed the continuation of life and rather the consolidation of the pillars of Islam through regularly being present in the scene of Jihad.
:irna 24/07/2000 21:05

Leader calls for optimal utilization of natural resources (24.7.2000)

Tehran, July 24, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed ali Khamenei said in Ardebil on Monday that optimal utilization of natural resources will serve to remove economic bottlenecks. Addressing a large gathering at Basij Square in Ardebil, Ayatollah Khamenei said Ardebil Province has good potentials in agriculture, livestock breeding and border trade with neighboring countries.

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With optimal utilization of the province's potentials, many economic difficulties will be solved, the Supreme Leader said. "Since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, special attention has been paid to Ardebil Province and more services rendered to improve the welfare of local people. The process should continue to remove deprivation from the province," the Supreme Leader said. The Leader recalled memory of Sheikh Safi-eddin Ardebili, a religious personality who helped propagate Islam (whose descendants founded Safavid dynasty which ruled in Iran from 1500 to 1736). Ayatollah Khamenei said because of the religious background of Ardebil Province, the Qajar and Pahlavi rulers neglected the province, but, thanks to the Islamic Revolution, the province has undergone considerable development. The Leader called on the government and provincial officials to seriously work to remove shortages the province may have in different sectors. "The people and the youth and officials are responsible for working hard to make good on backwardness in the country. Absolutely, the endeavours in this respect will satisfy God, the Almighty," the Supreme Leader said. The endeavors of the government and the youth should be aimed at removing poverty, corruption and discrimination, which formed the theme of the revolutionary and Islamic reform, the Leader said. The Supreme Leader advised officials not to allow certain ill-wishers to sow discord in the society. Ayatollah Khamenei said the enemies have targeted the national unity, conspiring to sow discord between different Iranian tribes and between the Azeri and Farsi-speaking people. All Iranian people from any ethnic groups are brothers and support the Islamic Republic of Iran.
:irna 24/07/2000 16:49

Iran's Supreme Leader felicitates new Syrian president (24.7.2000)

Damascus, July 24, IRNA -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday sent a congratulatory message to the new Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through his special envoy Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's former foreign minister. Upon arrival in Damascus Monday morning, Velayati was welcomed by Heisam al-Zavihi from the Syrian presidential office, Iranian Ambassador Hossein Sheikholeslam, a member of the leadership council of the Lebanese Hizbullah, Sheikh Mohammad Yazbak, a representative of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Emad al-Alami and a number of clerics residing in that country. "By this trip I intend to meet Bashar al-Assad to offer felicitations on the part of the supreme Leader on the occasion of his presidency," he told reporters. "Iran-Syria ties are, as usual, brotherly and close and we support Syria's valuable, Islamic, and revolutionary stances." Zavihi, for his part, said: "Tehran-Damascus ties have been based on mutual respect and the two states share similar views on many international issues. "In the shadow of Bashar Assad's leadership, (Iran-Syria) bilateral ties would expand more than ever." Earlier, President Mohammad Khatami and the foreign ministry also felicitated Bashar al-Assad on his election as Syrian president. Bashar, an ophthalmologist by profession, was elevated to his country's highest post after his father Hafez al-Assad, Iran's best ally in the Middle East, passed away on June 10. Bashar won an overwhelming 97.29 percent of the votes in a referendum to confirm his presidency. Bashar, during a meeting with President Khatami during Hafez al-Assad's funeral last month, told the latter he hoped to visit Tehran soon.
:irna 24/07/2000 12:43

Supreme Leader arrives in Ardebil Ardebil (24.7.2000)

Ardebil prov., July 24, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, arrived in this provincial capital on Monday morning. On arrival at the city's airport the Supreme Leader was enthusiastically welcomed by Ayatollah Moravej, the Leader's representative in the province, Governor-General Seyed Hamid Tahaei, as well as a great number of provincial officials and clerics. On this inspection tour of the province the Supreme Leader is accompanied by a number of his representatives.

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He left the airport just a while ago for downtown Ardebil and, according to reports, thousands of residents of Ardebil and nearby towns and villages are waiting enthusiastically to meet him.
:irna 24/07/2000 12:40

Leader receives Palestine Islamic Jihad Secretary-General (22.7.2000)

Tehran, July 22, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday the great Satan, the U.S. and the Zionist regime have employed all their capabilities to annihilate the State and Nation of Palestine, but to no avail. In a meeting with Secretary-General of Islamic Movement of Palestine, Dr. Ramazan Abdullah, the Supreme Leader said Palestine will never be destroyed thanks to the campaign of the sacrificing nation of Palestine. The Leader said the U.S. and the Zionist regime know that the spirits of the Palestinian people have been reinvigorated in the wake of the withdrawal of Zionist troops from southern Lebanon. ''They initiated the second Camp David to put an end to the dilemma of Palestine, but no doubt they will never reach their goal as long as the flag of Palestine is hoisted in the hands of the Palestinian youth.'' The Leader referred to divine principle on restoration of right and annihilation of injustice and said according to the divine principle, Israel will be destroyed and the territory of Palestine will be conceded to its own Muslim, Christian or Jewish population. The Supreme Leader paid tribute to Fathi Shaqaqi, the martyred secretary-general of Islamic Jihad of Palestine and said that the youth should strengthen their religious faith in their campaign against the Zionist regime.
:irna 22/07/2000 20:25

Supreme Leader-Guardian Council (GC) (18.7.2000)

Tehran July 19 - The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here on Tuesday that the Guardian Council (GC) is the most important institution to protect Islamic feature of the Iranian system. Ayatollah Khamenei said the system's durability depends on consistency of its Islamic feature and the GC is responsible for safeguarding this very important duty. The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with the GC members on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of this organ on an order by Father of the Islamic Revolution and Founder of the Islamic Republic the Late Imam Khomeini. Ayatollah Khamenei said the GC is proud of protecting the Islamic identity of the system and preventing its gradual dissolution. Protection of the form and content of the Islamic system through checking conformity of laws with Islam and constitution has been a great duty fulfilled by the GC a highly important and actually basic institution of the system over the past 20 years added the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader said the GC has the duty based on the law to prevent infiltration of impure elements into the pillars of the system. If the Guardians Council had not fulfilled the duty certainly the system would have faced many problems the Supreme Leader added. Of course there might be problems in the process but one should not bring entirety of the giant institution and its legal duty in vetting competency under question through political lobbying noted the Supreme Leader. Interpretation of the constitution is another duty entrusted to the GC said the Supreme Leader adding that if the constitution had not made the GC responsible for the issue it would not have been clear which problems various attitudes towards constitution had created for the country and society. The Supreme Leader said interpretation of the constitution should be made with deep insight utmost care and patience.

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Ayatollah Khamenei called on the GC to deal with issues thoroughly and comprehensively. Establishment of a strong research center and benefitting from the views of Ulema Jurisprudents university professors and other experts would augment the GC's efficiency in dealing with various dimensions of laws said the Supreme Leader adding that establishment of specialized commissions too would strengthen its activities. Ayatollah Khamenei called on the GC members to provide firm justifications on any law they pass. The practice would lead to creation of a rich source of jurisprudential and specialized justifications that can be used by various institutions of the system as well as researchers at seminaries and universities.
Elsewhere in the remarks the Supreme Leader touched on opposition raised against the GC on the body's ruling on competency of candidates in various phases of elections. The group employ various propaganda-political means and at times insult to bring the GC under question said the Supreme Leader adding that of course if the moves are coupled with insult officials of the system and three branches of power would be duty bound to confront them. The reason for some other people's opposition to the GC is their wrong belief in the body's investigation of competencies or laws continued the Supreme Leader. Ayatollah Khamenei said all possible efforts should be made to prevent the rights of any individual from being denied. ``I am sure that esteemed members of the GC given their piety and commitment would exercise sufficient care (in that respect) and I consider it as my duty to strongly defend the GC as a legal and official institution which shoulders an important role '' stated the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader said establishment of a data bank and of a small but strong and watchful organization is necessary for the GC to ensureits continued preparedness to fulfill its legal duties. The organs concerned are fully duty bound to provide the GC with all the information it needs added the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader said promptand full dissemination of information to the public by the GC is a must. ``... There should be development in performance of the council '' the Supreme Leader added. Concluding the remarks the Supreme Leader said the GC should fully abide by the law and fulfill its duty without any consideration.

Iran-Qatar-Leader (18.7.2000)

Tehran, July 18, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) on tuesday received Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

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In the meeting the Supreme Leader spoke of good neighborly relations between Iran and Qatar and underlined the necessity to develop Tehran-Doha relations and not to trust westerners.
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Leader gives guidelines to Tehran City Council (17.7.2000)

Tehran, July 17, IRNA -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday every government organ is required to work to strengthen morality and religious values in the community. Addressing members of Tehran City Council, The Supreme Leader said morality and religious values should be fully observed in providing public services - be they social or economic. The Leader supported the municipal councils and described them as one pillar of Constitution of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khamenei advised the members of Tehran City Council to exercise vigilance and precision in carrying out their responsibilities, observe law and avoid being involved in unnecessary matters. The Leader said the City Council is expected to administer municipal affairs free from political considerations or internal conflict, because if the City Councils failed to meet the public demand, it would be a blow to the country.

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The Supreme Leader called on Tehran City Council to promote Islamic architecture in the capital and draw up programs for the welfare of the public as well as helping the poor. Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned the City Council against misuse of public fund in administering municipal affairs adding that 'bribery' is a great sin and always has destroyed the socio-political regimes. The City Council should adopt measures to fight financial corruption in whatever form or nomenclature, the Leader said. The Leader said the municipalities do not have the right to promote construction of western style high-rise buildings to increase their income, because such methods would cause adverse cultural impacts. The Supreme Leader drew attention to the cultural works the City Council should develop in metropolis Tehran and required the City Council to carry out special programs to deal with drug addicts, beggars and homeless people. Ayatollah Khamenei called on the City Councilors to avoid taking partisan considerations into account in providing programs to deal with social affairs. In this case the people's problems will not be solved, The Leader said. Elsewhere in his address, the Leader pointed to the activities of political parties in the country and said the western style political parties do not serve democracy. Following the partisan goals without meditation is not democracy and will not serve national interests and public preferences, the Supreme Leader said. Prior to the leader's remarks, Chairman of Tehran City Council, Rahmatollah Khosravi reported on the performance and planning made by the Council for Tehran and the difficulties facing the City Council in implementing the programs.
:irna 17/07/2000 18:46

Leader receives army personnel (12.7.2000)

Tehran, July 12, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said here on Wednesday that the Intelligence Security Department of the Islamic Republic Army should exercise vigilance in applying the advanced knowledge and technology while acquiring technological know-how for manufacturing and constructing field equipment. Addressing the officials and staff of the Intelligence Security Department at the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, the Leader said the significant role of the organization lies in preserving the security which the enemy tries to infiltrate. According to the Public Relations Department of the Leader's Office, the Leader underlined the need for upgrading the spirit, piousness and faith of the personnel of the organization. The vibrancy and high morale of the organization's personnel will lead to steadfastness of the entire army resulting in the expansion of defensive power, the leader said. In the meeting, the head of the Intelligence Security Department of the Islamic Republic Army briefed the Leader on activities of the organization.
:irna 12/07/2000 18:56

Leader says world arrogance is hiding behind a facade of good wishes for Iran (9.7.2000)

Tehran, July 9, IRNA - The Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed-Ali Khamanei, here Sunday questioned the true motive of Washington and London for reformations in Iran, and said the two powers that had imposed despotic and tyrannical rules on the people of the country for more than 50 years had no reason to intimate sympathetic feelings about the Iranian nation today. Ayatollah Khamenei who was addressing a group of visiting embers of the ulema and government officials on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of Imam Hassan Asgari (AS) said Washignton was scheming for the eventual collapse of the Islamic Republic as, he said, it had previously done with the former Soviet Union, little knowing, he added, that a statehood supported by religious pillars is totally different from communist systems and could not be shattered. He said the Americans had designed the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union with plausible slogans for reforms and reformations whereas, he said, the same stratagem would never work for Iran.

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Ayatollah Khamenei said reforms and reformations are truly inherent elements of the Islamic Revolution so that to stress the need for reformations in the country would be to say the obvious. He reminded, however, that reforms and reformations of the type that fit with the Islamic Revolution are one thing and those recommended and advocated by Washington and London for Iran are another. He said the disparity of the social, cultural and political situation in the present-day Iran and the former Soviet Union is sufficient assurance for the Iranians that Washington's scheme for Iran would bungle. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution stressed that the Islamic Government as well as officials and the nation as a whole had to arrive at and agree on well-defined definitions for 'reforms' and reformations' among themselves so that when they talked about those ideas they would be sure exactly about what they were talking, and what they meant by those words. He said any reformations in Iran inspired by western models ould be incongruous with the Islamic Republic, and added that it was necessary that a center be created for directing, leading, monitoring and pacing reformations in Iran so that neither the direction of progress, nor the national destination, nor the tempo of the march towards that destination would get out of control. He said in the absence of a center of that nature in the future it was likely that the course of progress would swerve to wrong directions. Ayatollah Khamenei said freedoms were among the prime concerns of the government officials but, he observed, the kind of freedoms that might allow the print media to mislead the public thinking into forms pleasing to the enemies of the Islamic Republic would not be tolerated. He said not only the Judiciary but every official should take exception to those who should be tempted to take advantage of the freedoms of the press.
Meanwhile, President Hojatoleslam Mohammad Khatami who was among the Leader's visitors offered a report to the Leader on the state of national affairs and the projects of his administration. He also offered a brief report on the economic programs of his administration and acknowledged the political maturity of the nation at large, as well as college students. He said, however, that they were still ill-wishers who periodically attempted to take advantage of exceptional situations in the country to the detriment of the nation. He observed, however, such things were only small waves that would always vanish in the torrential force of the nation at large. Towards the end of the visit, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution led his visitors in a mid-day congregational prayers.
:irna 09/07/2000 21:38

Ayatollah Khamenei stresses Iran's support for Hezbollah (4.7.2000)

Tehran, July 4, IRNA-Visiting Secretary-General of Lebanon's Hezbollah Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah here Tuesday presented a report to the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the latest developments in south Lebanon. Nasrallah expressed gratitude for Ayatollah Khamenei's spiritual support for the Lebanese resistance, and stressed continuation of Islamic Jihad with the Zionists until the freedom of all jailed Lebanese.

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Ayatollah Khamenei in response congratulated Nasrallah for the victory of the Lebanese over the Zionist occupiers, and underlined Iran's spiritual support for the Hezbollah Movement and the Lebanese people. He said the Muslim world shared the jubilation of Lebanese victory, and observed that their victory was the fruit of efforts of the Lebanese and the Islamic resistance. He called Hezbollah the frontline of the struggle of the Muslim world with the Zionists, and added that the liberation of Palestinian lands from Zionist occupation is the ultimate goal of that struggle. Ayatollah Khamenei also appreciated Hezbollah whose efforts to fight Zionism, he said, had paved the grounds for the Palestinians to fight the Zionists regime.
:irna 04/07/2000 23:52

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