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15:25 | 2013-04-30

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Iran's Jalili Lambastes West for Destabilizing Middle East

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili lashed out at the western states for their efforts to destabilize the Middle East to pave the way for their presence in the region.

Jalili made the remarks in a meeting with Head of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Ramiz Mehdiyev here in Tehran on Monday.

"Examples of such measures by the western powers can be seen in color revolutions and in certain regional countries such as Syria," Jalili said.

Mehdiyev, for his part, supported Jalili's remarks, and said, "Azerbaijan regards Iran as a friend and string neighbor in its foreign policy."

Mehdiyev, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday to discuss the bilateral and regional developments.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned on Monday that the western and Israeli spy agencies are seeking to derail the Islamic Awakening movements in the region by sparking sectarian and ethnic strife among Muslims.

Addressing the 'Muslim Ulema (religious scholars) and Islamic Awakening' conference here in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei elaborated on the threats posed to the ongoing Islamic Awakening movement in the Islamic states, and cautioned that enemies' efforts to sow discord among Muslims to turn the Islamic Awakening movement into a bloody sectarian, religious, ethnic and nationalist confrontations is the greatest danger threatening the movement today.

"This plot, assisted by petro dollars and hired politicians, is seriously pursued by the western and Zionist spy agencies in East Asia to North Africa, specially in the Arab region, now," the Leader said.

The Leader added that the West and Israel, who see an integrated Muslim power as an obstacle to the achievement of their devilish goals, spark rifts within the Islamic Ummah (community) as the easiest way to reach their objectives.

Stressing that enemies' involvement in the recent developments in the region can be seen very clearly, Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned that religious and political elites and scholars bear a "heavy responsibility" for defusing this plot.

The Leader noted that Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Lebanon are all among the Islamic states being threatened by this plot today.

Ayatollah Khamenei said the West and their western media allies have waged an intensive media campaign to portray the crisis in Syria as a conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, and added that the conflict is, in fact, between the supporters and opponents of resistance against Zionism.

He further noted the situation in Bahrain as another instance of the western states' propaganda campaign which seeks to portray the popular movement as a Shiite-Sunni conflict.