Secretary-General of the International Islamic Awakening Conference Ali-Akbar Velayati here on Saturday stressed the importance of the ongoing international conference for regional states.
Velayati, who is also Supreme Leader’s Top Advisor for International Affairs, made the remarks while addressing the First International Conference on Islamic Awakening which was kicked off this morning in the presence of the Leader of the Islamic ummah and Oppressed People Imam Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the International Islamic Awakening Conference site reported.
Over 600 foreign thinkers and intellectuals from 80 world countries and over 400 elites from Iran are attending the two-day conference.
The conference is also attended by Iran’s top officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.
Chairman of Iran’s Experts Assembly Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, Guardian Council Secretary Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, Intelligence Minister Haidar Moslehi, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalali, Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi along with tens of other Iranian officials are also present in the conference.
Meanwhile, Velayati told a press conference earlier this month that the conference is not a state-sponsored move, but a large number of government offices and ministries as well as cultural bodies have rendered assistance to the organizers of the gathering.
‘No phenomenon or development which has happened as a result of Islamic awakening in different countries, including Yemen, Libya, Syria and Bahrain, will be left untouched in this conference and we will recognize no limit for expression of views and beliefs in this conference,’ he reiterated.
Velayati further pointed out that participants in the conference will come from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries.
Since the beginning of 2011, the Muslim world has witnessed popular uprisings and revolutions similar to what happened in Iran in 1979. Tunisia saw the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolution in January, which was soon followed by a revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt in February.
Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have since been the scene of protests against their totalitarian rulers, who have resorted to brutal crackdown on demonstrations to silence their critics.
Bahrain and Yemen, however, have experienced the deadliest clashes, while in Bahrain the military intervention of the Saudi-led forces from the neighboring Arab states has further fueled the crisis in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Leader stressed that the European continent will soon experience popular uprisings and revolutions sweeping the Middle-East and North Africa at present.
Addressing a large number of Iranian teachers and university professors in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei reiterated that the growing wave of Islamic awakening in the Middle-East, North Africa and other parts of the Muslim world has been inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution, and said this awakening will definitely spread to the European countries.
‘This awakening move will certainly advance to the very heart of the Europe and the European nations will rise against their politicians and rulers who have fully surrendered to the US and the Zionists’ cultural and economic policies,’ he said.
In relevant remarks earlier this year, a prominent American analyst had said that the wave of Erhal (Get Out) revolutions in the Middle-East and North Africa is now growing to the European continent.
‘Due to the financial corruption dominating most of the European governments and the pervasive bottlenecks and crises that have arisen in the western countries these days, it is predicted that the growing trend of such discontents will soon turn into a series of revolutions known as the Erhal Revolutions’ in the Middle-East and North Africa, Dr. James Anderson said late March.
He said the European countries have not witnessed a major development and political leap after the Renaissance, the World War II, the Cold War and formation of the European Union (EU), but now the time is ripe for the European people to get ready for political revolutions and change in their ruling structures.
Dr. Anderson also described the current protests and rallies in London as a prelude to Erhal revolutions in Europe, and said many European countries will soon be Erhalized and the world will soon witness that Erhalization has no boundaries.
Similar to the spread of Islam to Europe via Spain several centuries ago, the growing waves of awakening seem to be spreading from the Middle-East and North Africa to Europe via the same country, where thousands of Spanish protesters have started rallies since a few days ago.