Leader Voices Concern about Regional Developments

Leader Voices Concern about Regional Developments

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed concern about the ongoing conflicts and events in the regional Islamic states.

“Unfortunately, contrary to Iran’s gratifying developments, the Islamic region’s events are source of concern,” Ayatollah Khamenei stated, addressing a large number of Iranian worshipers during Eid al-Fitr prayers at Tehran University today.

The Leader also expressed concern about the tense conditions in Egypt, and said, “The possibility of outbreak of civil war in this country (Egypt) has been increased, and this is a tragedy.”

Ayatollah Khamenei further called on all Egyptian political and religious groups to learn lessons from presence of foreign-backed terrorists in Syria and from Israeli plots against the Islamic world, and warned the Egyptian nation against the grave consequences of the current circumstances.

Emphasizing the need for democracy in the North African country, the Leader stated that crisis in Egypt should be resolved by the Egyptians alone, and also dismissed any foreign interference in the Muslim country.

Egypt has been the scene of increasing violence since the overthrow of Mursi by the army in early July. Dozens of protesters, mostly Mursi’s supporters, have been killed or wounded during the violence that broke out after the overthrow.

The Leader also pointed to the latest terrorist bombings in Iraq and affirmed that terrorist attacks in Iraq "are carried out under financial and political supports coming from a number of regional and trans-regional countries" in a bid to destroy the Muslim country.

On Tuesday, a wave of bombings, mainly targeting markets in and near Baghdad, killed 36 people in the latest surge of violence that has gripped Iraq.

The bombings were the latest episode in a wave of bloodshed that has swept Iraq since April, killing more than 3,000 people.


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