1216 GMT August 15, 2022
Speaking at a religious ceremony in Tehran, Raeisi described the Daesh terrorist group as the offspring of Western spy agencies and Israel.
“We are now witnessing crimes, similar to those perpetrated by Daesh members, being committed against Muslims and worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as well as in mosques in Afghanistan,” he said, according to Press TV.
The president urged the Taliban, who have been in power in Afghanistan since mid-August, to protect the lives of all Afghans, including minority Shias.
“We are demanding the current rulers of Afghanistan to protect the lives of Muslim people, who are getting killed in mosques while fasting, and to prevent rogue elements who viciously target ordinary people and public security,” he said.
Raeisi noted that unity and solidarity were increasing among Muslim nations, saying it would lead to the complete liberation of Al-Quds, and restoration of the rights of Palestinians after more than 70 years of struggle against the occupiers.
He also called for the mass participation of people in the International Quds Day rallies in Iran and other countries.
Every year on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, mass rallies are staged worldwide by Muslims and non-Muslims to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for the liberation of their occupied territories and to denounce Israel’s atrocities against them.
This year’s demonstrations will be held across the world on April 30.
Raeisi also stressed that the fate of the Palestinian nation was to be determined by resistance fighters operating in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, rather than on the negotiating table in the presence of outsiders.
“Until recently it was thought that the fate of the Palestinian people would be decided at the negotiating table; however it is now determined by the willpower of combatants,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Raeisi said enemies are in complete control of the mainstream media outlets around the world, twisting the truth and are giving a distorted presentation of developments taking place around the world to the international community.
“Today, anyone who has the ability to speak his mind and write opinions must contribute his share and actively play his role,” the Iranian president said.