October 14, 2007

Iran's Supreme Leader Warns against Division of Iraq




TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed that all Iraqi people and officials as well as the world of Islam are opposed to a US plan for the disintegration of the war-torn neighbor of the Islamic Republic.




Addressing hundreds of Muslim ambassadors to Tehran and Iranian officials and people on the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr - marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan - here on Saturday, the Leader called for enhanced unity and solidarity among Muslims.

"The real eve will be the day when the Islamic nations give up their differences and once again achieve power and glory hand in hand through resorting to the Islamic teachings," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that bullying powers dare to interfere in Muslims' affairs and pursue expansionist policies due to the lack of unity among the Islamic Ummah (nation).

"And it is under such conditions that the US Senate dares to give a (positive) vote to the disintegration of Iraq while this issue is not at all related to the United States and while the Iraqi officials and nation as well as the world of Islam are against this approval," he underlined.

The Leader also viewed the bullying powers' intervention in the Palestinian issue as among the other outcomes of the lack of unity among Muslim states, and called on Islamic nations and governments to side with each other to display their power, saying that once Muslims stage their real power "the Untied States and other countries will not dare to intrude into Muslims' affairs".

Also earlier during the Eid al-Fitr prayers ceremony attended by tens of thousands of Iranian worshippers in the capital Tehran, the Supreme Leader termed the forthcoming Middle East peace conference an effort by the United States to save Israel, rather than to bring peace to the Palestinian Territories.

"When Palestinians consider this conference as deceitful and refuse to participate, how can Muslim countries take part in that?" he said.

The Leader was referring to the conference which is reportedly to be held next month in Annapolis, Maryland, with the so-called aim of enabling a peace accord between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The Leader urged Muslim countries to boycott the US-sponsored conference, saying, "Other (Muslim) countries also should consider it a deceitful conference."

"This so-called peace conference is another imposition on Palestine... the US initiative is an effort to save the Zionist regime (Israel) from collapse rather than bringing peace to Palestine," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said all Middle East peace plans initiated by the West have so far failed and predicted the same fate for the upcoming conference.

"Palestine should solely be saved by Palestinians themselves and the Islamic world has the duty to support them," he said while rejecting any Western interference.

The Supreme Leader also held the United States and its western allies responsible for the ongoing insecurity and "blind terrorism" in Iraq.

"The occupiers of Iraq are the ones to be blamed for the insecurity in Iraq. They are not capable or they do not want to establish security in Iraq," he said.

"America and its allies are responsible for ... human and political catastrophe in Iraq," he said.

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