• Iran to stand by oppressed nations in region: Leader’s advisor

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran’s regional presence is “inevitable,” vowing that the country will stand by the oppressed nations in the region.

According to Press TV, Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks on Thursday on the sidelines of a conference attended by university students in support of the ongoing Palestinian Intifada against Israeli regime occupation.

“Our regional presence is an inevitable issue, and we continue this process to remain the region’s most determining element,” he said.

“Iran has no intention to abandon the oppressed nations in the region…Our presence in Iraq, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon is in coordination and with the consent of these countries’ governments. Also, if we are helping Yemen, this is our humanitarian responsibility,” Velayati added.

Iran has played a crucial part in the region’s fight against terrorism by providing military advisory support to neighboring Iraq and Syria. The Islamic Republic has also been a stalwart supporter of the Palestinian struggles in the face of Israeli occupation.

“Throughout history, Iran has been the flag bearer both in civilization and culture, and is now the flag bearer in the region,” he added.

Velayati further blasted the United States for seeking to disintegrate countries and said Iran is against such schemes.

“Can one sit in their house and say ‘it does not concern me if the neighbor’s house caught fire,’?” he said.

Velayati stressed that the Iranian nation has never “since the onset of its history” tolerated attempts by hegemonic powers to gain dominance over the nation and make it surrender to their demands.

“One [arrogant power] says ‘we will keep the JCPOA, but you should place limits on your missiles,” he noted, pointing by acronym to Iran’s 2015 with world countries, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. “Another says ‘limit your presence in the region,’” he noted.

“What for? Doesn’t this amount to bullying?” he asked, adding, “You could bully Iran like this under its [former] monarch, not now, though.”

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Feb 02, 2018 13:19 UTC
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