1131 GMT June 30, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said people’s exuberant participation in the International Quds Day rallies on Friday had clear messages for the leaders of the usurper Zionist regime and some deceived regional politicians who cherish the dream of normalizing ties with occupiers.
Making the remarks in an address to a Saturday meeting of the National Task Force for Fighting the Coronavirus, Raeisi added on Friday, Iranians voiced their support for the oppressed Palestinian people and decried the cruel Zionist regime’s crimes, president.ir reported.
Expressing satisfaction with the significant decline in Iran’s COVID-19 casualties, the president said the favorable situation, which is a result of the widespread public vaccination, prepared the ground for the great turnout in this year’s International Quds Day rallies and marking the occasion in a more dramatic fashion compared to the previous two years after the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
He, however, warned against any laxity in observing health protocols despite the improvement of the conditions.
Raeisi also tasked Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi with the mission of controlling borders, particularly the eastern ones, lest suspicious cases enter the country.
The Iranian Health Ministry on Saturday reported 11 daily COVID deaths and 532 cases of infection.
It added the total death toll and infections since the beginning of the outbreak in Iran in late February 2020 stand at 141,083 and 7,881,653.
By Saturday, a total of 148,902,851 doses of COVID vaccines have been administered in Iran.
People around the world took to the streets on Friday in support of the Palestinian cause on the occasion of the International Quds Day.
The occasion is annually marked on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, this year falling on April 29.
On this day, people in Iran and other countries stage rallies to show their solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people and condemn Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
In remarks on the sidelines of his presence in the march in Tehran, Raeisi said the “huge” rallies are a symbol of the Muslim world’s unity, which will lead to the annihilation of Israel.
He added the message conveyed by people’s significant presence in today’s rallies is that the “resistance axis” is now in control and shaping the fate of the Palestinian nation’s lengthy resistance, adding, “Based on God’s promise, the liberation of Al-Quds is certain.”
The International Quds Day is among the legacies of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who is revered as a spiritual leader by Muslims across the world. Back in 1979, shortly after leading an Islamic Revolution which toppled the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini named the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan the Quds Day.