AFP reports that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in an address Sunday to commanders of the elite Republican Guards force, said that the Islamic republic must stand strong against Washington on the region’s conflicts.
“The Americans insist we negotiate with them on regional issues, especially on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen,” Khamenei said in the speech published on his official website. “What is their main goal for requesting these talks? They have no aim but to prevent the presence in the region of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main factor of America’s failures,” said Khamenei.
“In past years, some officials have said the removal of military threat and war were due to certain measures, but it’s not true,” he said. “The sole factor of removing military threats has been and will remain military and defense power and the creation of fear in the enemy.”