Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei slams the US-led coalition formed with the alleged aim of targeting terrorists in the Middle East, saying Washington has never been honest about its motives.
In a meeting with visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tehran on Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said that the US claim of the formation of an “anti-terror coalition” was an act of deception.
“Such is the Americans’ approach to all issues and they are never honest in their conduct,” Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei said.
The Supreme Leader stated that the Middle East is grappling with insecurity due to the “wrong” policies of Western countries and “a deviant and erroneous” perception of Islam, urging Muslim countries to exercise “prudent cooperation” to stop the escalation of such insecure conditions.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei added that some regional states are the root cause of the deviant dogma and said Western countries have exerted pressure on Muslims in Europe and the US instead of fighting terrorist groups.
“These terrorist movements are completely different from the actual Islamic ideology,” the Supreme Leader said.
Leader of the Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei pointed to the insistence of Western media and governments, particularly in the US, on using the term “Islamic State” to refer to certain terrorist groups, saying, “This approach is an insult to Muslims and instead of remedying the problem indirectly brings about the grounds for the reinforcement of these groups.”
The Chinese president on Saturday held talks with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, during which the two sides discussed the latest mutual and regional developments.
Iran and China signed 17 documents for cooperation in economic, industrial, cultural and judicial fields in the presence of the two countries’ presidents.
Xi arrived in Tehran on Friday at the head of a politico-economic delegation. His visit is the first by a Chinese president to Iran in 14 years.