1158 GMT May 28, 2022
The Thursday visit by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to Tehran had a message for regional countries that the Persian Gulf littoral states should place their trust in “powerful” Iran as it is the Islamic Republic that will come to their rescue in times of hardship, not the United States, Britain and Israel.
The remarks were made by Tehran’s interim Friday prayer leader, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, in an address to worshipers in Tehran, IRNA reported.
He added in tough times, the United States, Britain and the “executioner” Zionist regime “not only did not help you, but also imposed sanctions on you”.
Thus, Ayatollah Khatami stressed, it is Iran that is reliable and not them.
The cleric said although the Qatari emir’s Tehran trip was important in terms of expanding bilateral economic relations, but what was of greater significance in this visit and his meeting with Leader of the Islamic Revolution were the remarks by Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei that “the Zionists cause corruption wherever they set foot in and they cannot give any power or concession to other countries”.
The Leader’s meeting with the Qatari emir was an anti-Zionism maneuver, he emphasized, saying Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Arab world to rise and stand in the face of the Israeli crimes.
Turning to the recent visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Tehran and his meetings with the Leader and Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, he said the “strategic” trip was a rejection of all baseless rumors spread by the enemies that Assad had visited some “reactionary” regional countries and that relations between Tehran and Damascus had been damaged.
On the contrary, the visit was in line with efforts to strengthen the resistance front, and the Syria is at the forefront of the fight against the Zionist regime, according to him.
Assad took a one-day trip to Iran, in which he met Ayatollah Khamenei, President Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.