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Ayatollah Khamenei pays tributes to late Rad


The Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, paid tributes to the late justice minister and Judiciary spokesman, Jamal Karimni Rad. His message reads as follows.

In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate

I extend my condolences over the tragic passing-away of Mr. Jamal Karimi Rad, the spokesman of the Judiciary and the justice minister to his family as well as the respected Administration and the respected Judiciary.

The departed was a dedicated and faithful statesman. I pray God, the Compassionate, to confer His blessings on him and promote his other worldly position.

Sayed Ali Khamenei


Hajj shows Muslim united identity


Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a statement in honor of the great congregation of the Hajj, called the Divine ceremony the season of spiritual and political ebullience of the world of Islam in the face of enemies and underlined the emergence of a new era of awakening in the life of the Islamic Ummah that Muslims must take to revive the Islamic dignity.

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Ayatollah Khamenei thanks nation

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei in a statement Tuesday praised the great Iranian nation for their epic participation in Friday elections December 15. The following is the text of his statement in full.

Bismillah Rahman Rahim

I offer thanks to the Almighty God that He brought honor to the Iranian nation in another great test and bestowed grandeur to a country that is enamored with bearing the flag of Islam.

December 15 made the concept of religious democracy across to pessimists and ill wishers as the enthusiastic and mass turnout of people in ballot offices turned into a scene of sovereignty, self-confidence and aware presence of the Iranian nation.

Adverse weather did not demoralize the national resolve, nor the enemy psychological warfare could that was organized weeks earlier with every sort of tool and approach to disillusion the hearts. The Divine Providence in awakening people broke the ploy of ill wishers, adding another page to the golden track record of this faithful and revolutionary nation.

The mature and sagacious conduct of the people as well as the sincerity and commitment of the authorities helped religious democracy to surpass the world democracies in terms of health of elections and to outpace the Western democracies in terms of public participation.

The leaning of the votes that indicates a desire in revolutionary platform as well as the rise of public participation that substantiates a well-spirited mode for voting on the part of people in key affairs sent a clear message to friend and foes of the Iranian nation throughout the world. The message accords a transparent response to any doubt or sedition. The message constitutes that the Iranian nation continues to follow its lofty aspirations and tackles its affairs one after another with all liveliness and hope. The nation will not stand back until it materializes all its established rights and in doing so, it continues to promote bonds with the Islamic System whose goal is justice, national dignity and national sovereignty.

I rub my forehead on earth in gratitude before The Omnipotent and The All-Wise God and offer my heartfelt thanks to the great Iranian nation.

I feel obliged to thank every individual or body that played some role in the great test, from the prominent scholars and grand religious authorities, to the scholars and elite figures in the university and the seminary, to the political and social activists, to the bodies in charge of holding and supervising the elections notably the Guardian Council, the Interior Ministry and the emissaries of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, to the National Broadcast that played a delicate and committed role, to the Police and the Basij who were tasked to safeguard voting security, and finally to every individual who injected warm blood into the elections by standing vote or supporting certain candidates.

I pray God to make the people's elected nominees successful in taking responsibilities, fulfilling duties towards the public trust, exercising sincere and generous activity, and to boost the dignity of the Iranian nation.

And salutes be from the bottom of the heart to Hazrat Baqiatallah (the Remainder of Allah), may our souls be sacrificed to him, whose blessed heart gets joyful at the victory of the Iranian nation.

And peace be upon the sincere servants of Allah

Sayed Ali Khamenei

Dec 19, 2006


People will do well in elections


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei cast Friday his votes in the simultaneous elections of the Leadership Assembly of Experts and the Islamic Municipal Councils.

"The Iranian nation will duly perform their religious, national and revolutionary duty," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei attended the vote office stationed in Imam Khomeini Husseinieh twenty minutes after the polls started and cast his votes in the 4th Leadership Assembly of Experts, the 3rd Islamic Municipal Councils and the second by-elections of the 7th parliamentary elections.

Ayatollah Khamenei said all Iranian cast vote, motivated by their religious, national and revolutionary duty.

"The general feeling and profound belief of the Iranian nation is that by participating in elections they share decision on fate of society and overall national administration. So, they do their public duty well," Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated.

The Islamic Revolution Leader urged people to accomplish voting quickly. "Expedition in performing these goodly deeds proves more virtuous like performing prayers in the first moment because it is accompanied by a feeling of duty," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei asked God bestow assistance to the Iranian nation for the great job of participation in elections, adding, "God willing people will duly perform the significant and heavy duty by attending the ballot offices."

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the simultaneity of the two elections. "The simultaneity of the two elections will prove economical in light of time and equipment and brings positive effects in terms of public turnout."

Tens of journalists, cameramen, and photojournalists from home and abroad were covering Ayatollah Khamenei's vote ceremony to world


Supreme Leader: God willing Palestine will be liberated

Tehran, Dec 10, IRNA

Iran-Palestine-Supreme Leader

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that God willing Palestine will be liberated from occupation thanks to resistance.

The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his entourage in Tehran.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that Palestinians will retake the occupied territory through resistance reaffirming Iranian support for the democratically elected government of Palestine.

Recalling the hard time the Palestinian Muslims passed in the early decades of occupation of their territories, lack of any support from Arab states and absence of serious idea to integrate Palestinians into other nations, Ayatollah Khamenei said that despite all the plights Palestinians suffered in the past 60 years, national aspiration of Palestinians and their identity are clear more than ever.

"Meanwhile a democratically elected government has taken office, which is quite active and making progress constantly," the Supreme Leader said.

Referring to God Almighty's blessings to Palestinians in the aftermath of the hardships, the Supreme Leader said that the Palestinian nation is advancing perpetually.

"I'm rest assured that someday the entire territory will be administered by Palestinians themselves."

The Supreme Leader underscored resistance to occupation as the main cause of Palestinian nation's progress and their major achievements.

The Supreme Leader pointed to the resistance of Palestinian nation in the course of history as 'exemplary' and underlined that Palestinian nation and government will undoubtedly gain victory, given their morale and way of thought.

At the meeting which was held in presence of First Vice President Parviz Davoudi, Haniyeh expressed his great satisfaction with being received by Ayatollah Khamenei and referred to Iran as the 'real advocate of Palestinian people and the ideal of freedom of holy Qods'.

Haniyeh referred to the role of the late Imam Khomeini in revival of Palestinian aspirations in the Muslim World, in particular by designating the International Day of Holy Qods, and said, "You are following the late Imam's way, given your constant support for the Palestinian people. I hope that we will soon meet in al-Aqsa Mosque." Haniyeh said that victory of the Islamic Revolution had effective impacts on the vigilance of the Muslim World, particularly in Palestine, and the first Intifada and said, "The generation currently standing up to the Zionists, which shaped up the first and second Intifadas, included young individuals with lofty aspirations. This generation will liberate Palestine."

He pointed to the past attempts aiming to make distinction between the Palestine problem and Islam and underlined that the Palestinian cause is 'Islamic' and that Palestine is an Islamic territory.

"Therefore, no individual and government in Palestine has the right to overlook even the slightest portion of its soil," he added.

Underlining that the present Palestinian government will never recognize the occupying regime, he stated, "resistance is the only way for Palestine's liberation and that it is the serious and non-tactical option of all Palestinians."


Supreme Leader congratulates Rezazadeh on his victory in Doha

Tehran, Dec 6, IRNA

S. Leader-Congratulations

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei congratulated Hossein Rezazadeh on his victory in Doha Asian Games.

In a message which was read on Iranian television on Wednesday evening, the Supreme Leader said," I saw the scene. I sincerely express my gratitude to you who made the Iranian nation happy." The world's four-time and twice Olympic +105 kg weightlifting gold medalist Hossein Rezazadeh won the snatch, clean and jerk and total titles at the 15th Asian Games here Wednesday.


Supreme Leader urges Muslims to use their potentials to solve their problems

Tehran, Dec 4, IRNA

Iran-Supreme Leader-Gambia

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei urged Muslim governments and nations to solve the problems encountering the world of Islam by using their potentials, given their point of strength, namely the `collective identity of the Islamic Ummah'.

The Supreme Leader made the remark in a meeting with the visiting Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday morning.

Turning to the potentials of the world of Islam, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that if the Islamic Ummah and its facilities and capacities are regarded collectively, Muslims and Islamic governments will feel strong everywhere and will manage to overcome their difficulties.

Underlining the need for unity and cooperation among Islamic governments and Muslim nations on the international scene, the Supreme Leader said, "Muslims' emphasis on the basics of Islam and independence of Islamic states will prevent colonial powers from showing off.

Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated the attempts of the Gambian government to enforce Islamic decrees and hoped for the growing trend of mutual ties, given Iran's brotherly approach to Africa.

At the meeting, which was attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Gambian president underlined Iran's decisive role in the world and said that its Islamic system strengthens the power of Islam and Muslims in the world.

Expounding on the present condition of the African continent and the achievements of his government, President Jammeh declared readiness for strengthening of bilateral relations.


Islamic countries must cherish potentialities

(2006/12/03) Leaders office

Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei noted a visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his accompanying delegation about the religious roots of the Turkish people and their profound belief in Islam and the Islamic values.

"The two countries of Iran and Turkey could further broaden their bilateral relations in light of their common borders and religious and cultural commonalities," Ayatollah Khamenei said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought to expand ties with Turkey.

Ayatollah Khamenei brought up the expanse of natural and human resources and potentials available to the world of Islam and reckoned that if the world of Islam learnt about the facets of its power and relied on those potenitalities to resolve its sensitive problems the outcome would indeed prove effective.

The IR Leader highlighted the status of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the regional organizations like ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) and D8 (8 Islamic Developing Countries Group), calling on the world of Islam to utilize all the potentials at hand through activation of the mentioned bodies to find solutions to the questions facing the Islamic countries.

Turning to the Iraqi issue, Ayatollah Khamenei said the only solution to settle the ongoing situation in the country is to foster its serving democratic government.

Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that a disintegrated Iraq poses a colossal threat to the region. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution warned about the activities of the spy bodies of America and the Zionist regime in fomenting insecurity and continued bloodletting of the innocent people in Iraq, adding that the more the Americans linger in Iraq the more they slide into the mire.

"If the current President of America fails to withdraw the country's military from Iraq, its next president will certainly have to withdraw the forces in a scandalous manner like what took place during Vietnam War," Ayatollah Khamenei advised.

Concerning the ongoing developments in Lebanon and the 1948 occupied Palestine, Ayatollah Khamenei tied the situation on the ground to the interventionist policies of America. "The Islamic Republic of Iran upholds the cooperation of the regional countries in resolving the ongoing problems," the IR Leader proclaimed.

In the meeting, also attended by 1st veep Parviz Davoodi, the Turkish Premier pointed to his talks in Tehran held hours earlier and described the two sides' mutual relations as expanding.

"Turkey gives priority to expansion of ties with Iran, particularly in the fields of economy and building refineries and petrochemical plants," Erdogan said.

Erdogan touched on the volume of trade ties between the two countries, currently at seven billion dollars, and expressed hope the figures would reach to ten billion dollars.

Concerning the woeful situation of Iraq and the developments in Lebanon and Palestine, the Turkish Premier called for further cooperation of Islamic countries, especially the regional states.

Leader Calls For Empowering OIC

Erdogan Discusses Int’l Developments

3.12.2006 Iran Daily

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei talks to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (c) in Tehran on Sunday, which was also attended by First Vice President Parviz Davoudi.

TEHRAN, Dec. 3--Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday since Iran and Turkey have many commonalities, they can enhance their relations, especially in the economic field.

In a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Sunday, the leader noted that Iran has always pursued improvement of ties with Turkey, IRNA reported.

Referring to the role of regional organizations such as Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and the group of eight developing countries (D-8), Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated the exigency of using the potentials of OIC for resolving the Muslim world’s problems.

Erdogan said the prevailing conditions of Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine should urge Muslim countries to increase the level of their cooperation.

Also on Sunday, Erdogan also met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who said common religious, historical, cultural and emotional bonds between Iran and Turkey provide a suitable ground for enhanced Iran-Turkey ties.

The chief executive welcomed Erdogan’s proposal that the level of annual trade transactions between Iran and Turkey be increased to $10 billion.

“Tehran and Ankara can help make joint investments in other countries within the framework of the prevailing MoUs,“ Ahmadinejad added.

Noting that Iran is capable of meeting the rising international energy demands, especially Europe’s need for natural gas, he pointed out that Iran is ready to collaborate with Turkey as a partner for meeting the energy needs of the European market.

Erdogan noted that the main purpose of his visit to Tehran is to discuss international political developments, particularly the sensitive conditions in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.

Referring to a fivefold increase in trade transactions between Iran and Turkey in the past four years, Erdogan attributed the improvement to cordial ties between the two countries.



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