Slovanian president meets with Leader

ISIS is a result of global powers' intervention and imposition: Ayatollah Khamenei

Mr. Borut Pahor, the Slovenian President and his entourage met with Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, this afternoon, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, met Tuesday morning with Borut Pahor, the President of Slovenia. President Rouhani was also present at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, His Eminence referred to the bitter and painful events in the region and the role of some powers in imposing instability and war on nations and reiterated: “The Islamic Republic has always called on independent countries to play an active role in confronting the issue of imposing pressure on nations and it has always asked them to avoid being silent and mere spectators.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution stated that the existence of violent conflicts in countries located in West Asia and the creation of terrorist groups such as DAESH is the result of the interference and imposition of some powers. He added: “The responsibility of all countries is to try to extinguish the fire of these conflicts. Unlike the propaganda efforts of the imperialist orientation, the Islamic Republic has been active and influential on the basis of this goal, and it has never interfered in the affairs of other countries.”

Describing the Americans’ anti-DAESH coalition as unsuccessful, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to two viewpoints in explaining the reasons behind this failure: “On the basis of the first viewpoint, the Americans do not have a plan for uprooting DAESH. Like the English who have kept the wound of Kashmir open since the era of colonialism in the Indian subcontinent and which has resulted in two neighboring countries, India and Pakistan, to have discord on this matter until the present time- the Americans too want to act on the issue of DAESH in a way that this problem continues to exist in Iraq without ever being resolved.”

His Eminence said: “On the basis of the second viewpoint, the Americans are willing to resolve the issue of DAESH, but the situation has developed in a way that they are not able to do so. Of course, the result of both viewpoints has been the same until today. In the present time, Iraq and Syria in particular are in a very bitter and difficult situation.”

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed to the consequences of creating instability in West Asian countries such as the problems related to refugees, saying: “While the European countries failed to offer refuge to at most a few ten-thousands of refugees, it has been many years that Iran has been hosting about three million people from Afghanistan. Iran has prepared the ground for them to have education and to live a good life and it has behaved towards them in a humanitarian manner with complete patience.”

Ayatollah Khamenei stated that one year and eight months of bombarding the people of Yemen and destroying the infrastructure of that country by the Saudi government is another bitter event occurring in the region in the present time. He added: “Independent countries should confront these events. This is because pressuring a people is in fact, a pain for all of humanity.”

His Eminence stressed that there are many resources and capacities for Iran and Slovenia to increase their cooperation: “I hope that the future will prove to be firm evidence of present-day negotiations.”

Stating that Iran has completely fulfilled its commitments of the nuclear agreement, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution criticized the other sides for wriggling out of their commitments.

Borut Pahor described his talks with the Iranian officials as very good and said: “We are after deepening our relations with Iran in all areas.”

The President of Slovenia referred to Iran as the main pillar of stability and security in the region and a country that deserves respect.

Praising Iran’s performance during the nuclear negotiations and the astonishing achievements of the country in recent years, Pahor stated: “Slovenia and Iran have many common experiences and numerous areas for cooperation.”

He pointed to the plan of inaugurating the Slovenian embassy in Tehran on this trip and reiterated: “Iran is Slovenia’s good friend and therefore, we consider the inauguration of an embassy in Iran as a wise and reasonable course of action which originates from a national decision and consensus.”