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Leader’s Aide: West Fails to Confront Iran’s Regional Clout

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A senior aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader said the West has pursued different objectives, including confrontation against Iran’s regional clout, in its support for anti-government forces in Syria.

Addressing a gathering on Islamic Awakening here in Tehran today, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supreme Leader’s Office for Communication and International Affairs Mohsen Qomi pointed to the ongoing crisis in Syria and elaborated on goals pursued by the western states’ arms and logistical aids to armed rebels in Syria.

“In Syria, the enemy has sought to undermine the focus of Iran’s regional management and Syria’s historical bond with (anti-Israel) resistance front, revive Saudi Arabia’s position in the region, get rid of the Palestinian case, avenge the Lebanese Hezbollah, ensure Israel’s security and undermine the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power in the region but to no avail,” Qomi underscored.

Late in April, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the western and Israeli spy agencies are seeking to derail the Islamic Awakening movements in the region by sparking sectarian and ethnic strife among Muslims.

Addressing the ‘Muslim Ulema (religious scholars) and Islamic Awakening’ conference here in Tehran at the time, the Leader Stressed that enemies’ involvement in the recent developments in the region can be seen very clearly, and cautioned that religious and political elites and scholars bear a “heavy responsibility” for defusing this plot.

The Leader noted that Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon are all among the Islamic states being threatened by this plot today.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the West and their western media allies have waged an intensive media campaign to portray the crisis in Syria as a conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, and added that the conflict is, in fact, between the supporters and opponents of resistance against Zionism.

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