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Supreme Leader appoints Air Force commander

Tehran, Aug 31, IRNA

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday appointed Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi as Air Force Commander of the Army.

In his decree, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed forces appreciated services of the former commander of the Air Force Brigadier General Miqani.

The Supreme Leader recommended the new commander to boost combat preparedness of the Air Force and proceed with programs in line with self-sufficiency and updating the hardware.

The appointment was made as per a proposal from general commander of the Army of the Islamic Republic.


Experts Assembly, confidence point for Islamic System


Islamic Revolution Leader, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with head and representatives of the Leadership Experts Assembly termed the position of the assembly as very important and described it as a confidence point for people and the Islamic system.

Ayatollah Khamenei stressed on the principals of the Islamic system as the main directions in the moving towards the right path and said, "One of important duties of the Experts Assembly preserving and consolidating the main slogans and directions of the system."

Ayatollah Khamenei termed the scientific and religious position of the Assembly's representatives as the reason for the importance of this body and added, "Duty of the Assembly is choosing and supervising permanently the conditions of the Leader and this is another reason for great position of the assembly. For this, the Leadership Experts Assembly is a body which break deadline in the Islamic system."

Pointing to the legal and formal form of the Islamic system in the frame of the Constitution, Ayatollah Khamenei added," the legal form includes legal and formal parts of the system and the least condition for preserving the Islamic system is maintaining this legal form. This is a necessary condition but not enough."

Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that preserving and strengthening the principals and content of the Islamic system were the sufficint conditions for preserving the Islamic system and said," If these principals were ignored it is possible that some gradual and hidden changes would take place and the Islamic system would be deviated. Sometimes even the elites would not notice the gradual deviation."

Ayatollah Khamenei termed the formal shape of the Islamic system as hardware part of the system and said," The software of the Islamic system which are intellectual directions, main criteria and principal slogans of the Revolution are the most important issue for preservation of the system


Supreme Leader Meets with Officials of Executive branch


The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei in a meeting today with the president and his cabinet members described commitment, adhering to the slogans and principles of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and the Revolution, and forming close bonds with the public as three prominent characteristics of the current administration and reiterated: "The fourth decade of the Revolution marks the promotion of justice and progress in the country, and this should act as the criterion for future plans and efforts."

Referring to the prominent characteristics of the administration, Ayatollah Khamenei described commitment as the first prominent characteristic of the current administration and added: "Being active, vigorous, and serious in rendering services to the nation is one of the most important and valuable characteristics of the this administration."

Ayatollah Khamenei further added: "The administration still enjoys this prominent characteristic after the passage of three years, and the president's trips to different provinces across the country are one the manifestations of this reality."

Ayatollah Khamenei described the correspondence between the slogans and principles of the administration and those of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) and the Revolution as the second prominent characteristic of the administration and described restoring "national grandeur and independence" to the nation as one praiseworthy measure of the administration.

His Eminence added: "Believing and taking pride in the nation's identity and grandeur is the basis of the independence of all nations."

His Eminence described persisting with the nuclear energy plan as one of the manifestations of defending the nation's identity and reiterated: "Some bullying powers and their mercenaries tried to impose their will on the Iranian nation, but the nation, the president, and the cabinet members opposed these expansionist powers and made progress."

Ayatollah Khamenei described opposing and not yielding to global bullying powers as one of the manifestations of adhering to the slogans and principles of the Revolution and reiterated: "The arrogant powers have a lot of weaknesses, and by exposing these weaknesses, the bullying powers should be made to capitulate. And this is something the administration is well capable of."

Ayatollah Khamenei described "being democratic" as the third prominent characteristic of the administration and added: "Your dignity lies in living an austere life and keeping in touch with the nation on a regular basis. And the manifestation of these characteristics in the behavior of the president and the cabinet members has won the trust of the nation and resulted in uprooting extravagant lifestyles."

His Eminence referred to supporting all Islamic Republic administrations as one of his policies, and a principle that was also observed by Imam Khomeini (r.a.). He added: "The executive branch shoulders a heavy burden in the management of the country, and it is due to this reason that previous administrations were also supported. But the distinguishing characteristics of the current administration have resulted in stronger support and more optimism about the measures taken by the current administration."

Ayatollah Khamenei also stated that supporting the administration does not mean ignoring its weaknesses and added: "Of course, the current administration needs to reflect on certain issues and take certain measures."

Elsewhere in his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei clarified his demands of the administration. Emphasizing the need for obeying the law by the administration officials, he added: "The laws that are passed in accordance with the constitution should always be obeyed, unless they are changed."

His Eminence further added: "The administration might find faults with certain legislation processes, but this issue does not fall within its realm of duties, and the administration officials should obey the law even if they believe in certain shortcomings in a particular law."

Ayatollah Khamenei described collaboration with the legislative and judiciary branches and organized collaboration with the elites as other duties of the administration and added: "The opinions of the elites and the capacities of all people should be properly utilized."

His Eminence also urged the administration officials to pay continuous attention to promoting scientific and technological activities in the country and added: "Culture is of paramount importance, and the administration officials should constantly pay serious attention to it."

His Eminence described constructive criticism as a kind of service and denigration as betrayal of the government and the nation. He expressed his sorrow at the denigration leveled at the current administration disguised as constructive criticism and added: "Denying the strengths, magnifying the weaknesses, and constant insulting are denigration, not criticism."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution touched upon increasing criticisms normally leveled at different administrations during the last year of their term, further reiterating: "Of course, the current administration has been subject to a greater deal of denigration, and it has been castigated both nationally and internationally."

Ayatollah Khamenei said that there are a range of motives behind the denigration: "Some of these people do not denigrate the administration out of spite. Rather, their denigration is either ill-informed or uninformed. There are some others who do so with underlying personal motives. Still, there are others who were either reluctant to accept the leadership of Imam Khomeini (r.a.) or broke ranks with the Revolution later on. And the last group are those who are spitefully denigrating the current administration."

His Eminence stressed that the administration must pay attention to expert criticisms. "Of course, the administration must avoid adopting insulting stances. It must prevent uproar on the part of those who denigrate them," he noted.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution described spirituality and rationality as necessary for the administration of justice. He added: "If we want our dear Iran to be a model for other countries, we must pay full attention to justice as well as progress."

Ayatollah Khamenei also touched upon the plan for economic overhaul as one of the great deeds of the current administration. He described the general outline of the plan as acceptable: "You must make sure to carry out this extremely important plan, but it is absolutely necessary to avoid haste."

He said that the appropriate implementation of this plan is a long step towards progress. His Eminence also warned that hasty implementation of the plan would result in dangerous outcomes. He added: "If the implementation of a specific part of this plan is predicted to lead to inflation, it is necessary to take appropriate measures to avoid inflation and prevent the consequences."

Ayatollah Khamenei urged the administration to make more serious efforts to control the inflation and described these efforts as a public demand of the administration: "Of course, global inflation, drought, and a number of other factors have contributed to the current inflation rates. But there are other factors which the administration can manipulate to help reduce inflation. The reduction in inflation rates will make the effects of the administration's services more tangible to the public."

Ayatollah Khamenei also expressed his gratitude to the president, his cabinet members, and other staff of the executive branch and added: "The opportunity to serve the public is a divine grace, and this opportunity ought to be appreciated through more efforts and service."

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution also expressed his appreciation of the report presented by Mr. Ahmadinejad and added: "Obtaining the satisfaction of God is the final goal of all efforts. But providing the public with accurate information about the efforts and accomplishments is absolutely necessary, and it is necessary to make further efforts in this respect


Imam of Age will reappear to rescue human community


Mid-Shabaan, the birthday of Hazrat Mahdi, the hidden Shii Imam and the eventual savior of the world, truly constitutes a day of hope in a bright and rosy future, Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday.

Speaking to cultural counsellors, directors of Education Ministryand ordinary people, Ayatollah Khamenei congratulated the auspicious birth anniversary to all the faithful and free men in the world.

The twelfth Shii Imam currently lives in a state of occultation since 874 A.D. upon a Divine command and would reappear some day when God deems appropriate to administer justice throughout the world.

Ayatollah Khamenei said by the concept of Intizar-e Faraj (to wait for the Savior to reappear and tackle global problems) it was meant to preserve individual preparedness in every respect and advance the cause of justice.

The IR Leader noted that all religions, Divine or else, have carried the sort of glad tidings for justice-hungry human namely that an administrator of justice would come to rescue.

"The sort of glad tidings embodies the fact that the battle of truth and falsehood will culminate in favor of the forces of truth after Promised Mahdi reappears. That time, the human being would experience his favorable life," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the notion of Intizar in Shiism is a reality instead of a false dream or a purely conceptual notion, adding that there are many evidence to prove that the deputy of God (Imam Mahdi) is a genuine man who has been living a Divinely-protracted life among other people and shares their grievances and woes.

"Intizar in true terms means to denounce the present bully status quo in the world and wait for a turnabout in the living conditions of the humanity at large."

"The Imam of Age will reappear to rescue human community and transform the present, whimsically-driven global unfair system into a fair system," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei touched on the existence of over two billion starved people across the globe as well as the relentless pressures on the nations, adding that the Iranian nation which has hoisted the flag of justice endures pressures of superpowers. "The reality bears testimony to the fact that the bully-weary world has thirst for the breeze of justice."

"Intizar never connotes to sit idle-by and pin hope in the date of reappearance. Rather, an awaiting individual espouses the cause of justice like a warrior and prepares the ground for the emergence of the powerful, heavenly arm of the Imam of Age," the Islamic Revolution Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the emergence of the Islamic Republic as a prelude to the landmark, global movement, adding that the Iranian nation created an authentic ambience of Intizar by establishing the system and proved it was a standby follower for the awaited Imam.

Ayatollah Khamenei however alerted people to beware against those profiteers who abuse the notion of Intizar and fake connection with the Imam in quest of profits.

"It is likely that some pure-hearted individuals find the capacity to visit His Holiness. However, these individuals never relate their experience," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei also noted the audience that the tenets of Shiism were among the most rational ones, adding that the cultural associations in home and abroad must try to acquire a fine understanding of the tenets and duly convey them to other people.

The IR Leader also instructed the educationalists to train the heart and soul of the youth through shrewd, well-thought methods.

Feeling of strength, key to solving problems


The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with visiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his entourage underlined the importance of cooperation between Islamic countries and making use of each others' facilities and capabilities.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran and Algeria enjoy many grounds for cooperation and we hope that this trip would be an effective step towards serious expansion of ties," Ayatollah Khamenei told President Bouteflika on Tuesday.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution also pointed to the developments of the Islamic world and stressed: "The key to opening the lock of Islamic countries' problems are feeling of strength of faith in the hearts of people and officials in these countries and their resistance."

Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the nations' historical experience to regain their rights and added: "The experiences of Algeria, North Africa and also that of Iran show that the nations' insistence on their rights was fruitful."

Underlining that governments as representatives of nations should seriously seek their rights, he said: "The Iranian people and the officials of the Islamic system, because of their resistance against the system of hegemony have gained many achievements despite pressures, threats and sanctions."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the scientific and technological achievements of Iranian youth and stressed: "All theses achievements have been gained in circumstances of sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran while these sanctions have ended in favor of the Iranian people and the Islamic system."

Ayatollah Khamenei called the successes of the Palestinian people and the establishment of the Islamic Resistance Movement's (Hamas) popular government in Palestine and the political and military victories of the Islamic resistance in Lebanon as results of faith and resistance.

"If a nation was not sensitive to its natural and indisputable rights and did not seek them, definitely its rights would be violated," Ayatollah Khamenei added.

In this meeting that was also attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Algerian President pointed to his negotiations in Tehran and hoped that this meeting would pave the way for serious expansion of ties between Tehran and Algiers.

The Algerian President also pointed to the developments of the Arab and Islamic worlds and stressed that Muslim nations should make efforts to achieve their rights.


Ambassadors required to mirror IRI's grandeur


Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei noted a convention of IRI's foreign diplomacy officials that the apparatus was required to convey the ever-increasing dignity of the Iranian nation in correct terms.

Ayatollah Khamenei said foreign diplomacy was the field of both opportunities and challenges, adding that it was wrong to think everything was in order when one finds no palpable challenge in the way because in the current bully-ruled system of the world, the Islamic system and the Iranian nation would naturally face challenges as they are treading an independent track.

The IR Leader noted that the Islamic System had made large, incredible headways in the past thirty years despite a raft of stiff challenges.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian national grandeur would take boost from the triple factors of keeping national unity, sticking to revolutionary platform, and making accomplishments in science and technology.

"National unity has taken place in true terms in the country. People have got united both with one another and with their authorities. This national unity is a rare phenomenon in the world," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Islamic Revolution Leader then noted that that the nation had become morally boosted by sticking to the revolutionary platform.

He also touched on a scientific movement underway in the country, saying that some of the Iranian scientific findings were formerly in monopoly of certain countries.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic System had grown more popular especially as the Islamic thought was growingly expanding throughout the world and the doctrine of resistance had managed to beat the world hegemony in Lebanon and the occupied Palestine.

"At present, such terms as 'regional power ' or 'regional superpower' are applied to describe Iran. The reality further helps prove that the Islamic system has been advancing thank to its revolutionary platform," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Ayatollah Khamenei instructed the foreign diplomacy officials to mirror the dignity and headways and use them to serve the national interests, adding that the job would demand the foreign ministry authorities to undertake prudence and bravery and that the ambassadors were heavily duty-bound as the forerunners of the diplomatic mission.

Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the foreign diplomacy officials must have firm belief in the platform of the Islamic System and strive to advance the cause, adding that the world of Islam was a diplomatic priority for the Islamic Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei also encouraged the foreign authorities to abandon fear in their mission and know that their mission would produce ultimate result.

The IR Leader instructed the ambassadors to contact the influential and elite figures overseas and raise the thoughts and stance of the Islamic System with them in clear terms.

"The IRI's initiative in the Palestinian issue for instance is among the strongest initiatives. Iran believes the Palestinian fate must be determined by the original inhabitants of the land including Muslims, Christians or Jews until a state is established based on their choice and vote," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the IRI ambassadors were the delegates of a nation which produced an exceptional, 8-year defense against the world powers and ultimately got triumphed, adding that the senior envoys must represent the bright prospects of the Iranian nation

Leader's Remarks on the Prophet's Mab'ath

Written by ebrahimi

Wednesday, 06 August 2008

Sample ImageThe Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in his address to a gathering of senior officials as well as ambassadors and representatives of Islamic countries on the auspicious day of Mab'ath, the day, God Almighty formally appointed Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his family) as the Last Messenger to mankind, termed the 27th of Rajab as a memorable day in history. He said the holy Prophet's lessons and messages should be taken into consideration. He said: "The holy Prophet started his invitation in a community in which negative attributes prevailed. The Prophet revolutionized the society and instilled faith, virtue, knowledge and justice. He practically demonstrated how to confront the bullies and arrogant elements of his time, who had a stranglehold on people's life and property. He was the Messenger of mercy, ethics, affection, peace and magnanimity. The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that within a fairly short period the Prophet made the Muslims torchbearers of spirituality and civilization.

Ayatollah Khamenei considered one of the major factors in gaining access to this historical human success to be the Prophet's resistance and persistence against problems and his reliance on God. Ayatollah Khamenei recalling the advice of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam Ali (PBUH) to one of his sons, Mohammad al-Hanafiyya, said: mountains might be shaken and removed from their place but you should keep firm." Thus according to Ayatollah Khamenei one of the important messages behind the ordainment of the holy Prophet of Islam is resistance against the enemies of Islam, as explained by his divinely-decreed vicegerent, Imam Ali (PBUH).

The victory of the Islamic revolution of Iran in the present era is actually the triumph of humanitarian values as taught by the Prophet. In this regard, Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (may his soul rest in peace), saying: "In our revolution, first the Imam himself set the practical example by relying upon God firmly standing against evil and arrogant powers. The youths observing his steadfastness were inspired and rallied behind him. It was because of these factors that God granted victory and tranquility to the Iranian people. The Islamic Republic of Iran, by following the path of the late Imam has adopted the way of resistance.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to another issue regarding the characteristic of world arrogance and that is ambition. For, arrogance is never to stay within its limits. It always seeks to weaken Muslims. In this regard, he noted that the nature of the arrogant powers requires that if you take a step back they will take a step ahead. No one should think that withdrawal against arrogance and turning away from justice would make the arrogant powers remorseful. If you retreat from a bunker, the arrogant will take it. The Muslim Ummah should view the issues in this way. In conclusion, the Leader of the Islamic R\evolution pointed to the achievements of the Iranian nation against the ambitions of world arrogance led by the US. He said the great progresses achieved by the Iranian people are all the result of resistance. This is the lesson of Mab'ath. We should all know and understand this. We should get familiar with the Prophet's life. We should know that 27th Rajab was the day of ordainment of the holy Prophet and today is the ordainment of the Muslim Ummah.


The Supreme Leader Receives the Syrian President

Written by ebrahimi

Sunday, 03 August 2008

Sample ImageThe Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting on Sunday with Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad and his accompanying delegation has described relations between Tehran and Damascus as excellent and solid. According to IRIB correspondent, the Supreme Leader stated that both the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria have a much higher status now compared to previous years, and that both countries have been successful in relation to regional and broader international issues.

Referring to President Assad's father, the late Syrian president Hafez Al-Assad, the Supreme Leader said Hafez Al-Assad laid the foundations of solid relations between Tehran and Damascus which despite efforts by the enemies to weaken these ties, excellent relations between Iran and Syria have continued down to this day.

In further remarks, the Supreme Leader told President Assad: "You too have continued with the policies of your late Father, Hafez Al-Assad, and the excellent and solid ties between Tehran and Damascus is the result of this".

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed hope that President Assad's trip to Tehran, and signing of agreements between the two countries will further expand cooperation and relations between Tehran and Damascus.

The Iranian President, Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present at the meeting.

For his part, President Bashar Al-Assad, reiterated that Tehran - Damascus ties are strategic in nature and solid, and emphasized that the Lebanese Islamic resistance movement has achieved huge successes recently and the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas has strengthened its position in occupied Palestine and the enemies are in a much weaker condition compared to the past.

President Bashar Al-Assad further termed his talks with President Ahmadinejad as fruitful and constructive.

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