TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned on Monday of enemy plots aimed at spreading Islamophobia.
"Global ill-wishers and bullying powers are trying to use art, politics, militarism and all other means to keep the voice of pure Islam from being heard, but the voice has been heard, and an indication of that is hegemonic powers’ growing fear,” said the Leader at a commencement ceremony at Imam Ali Military Academy.
The Leader said the enemies promote Islamophobia by creating armed groups that massacre civilians in the name of Islam.
"Today, global tyrants are deeply worried about Islam's power and that is why they are doing all in their power to spread Islamophobia across the world,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Islam conveys the message of welfare, dignity, honor and peace for humanity but that the "ill-wishers” are plotting to prevent Islam’s real message from reaching other nations.
The Leader praised the high capability of the Iranian armed forces in defending the country, adding Iran's military might has been acknowledged even by its foes.
"The world counts on the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and takes it seriously, since it knows that the (Iranian) forces will do their best whenever it comes to responsibility and bravery,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
A senior Iranian lawmaker said strategic mistakes by the United States and its allies have led to the spread of terrorism in the Middle East, warning that such policies threaten global peace.
In a meeting with Italy’s new ambassador to Tehran Mauro Conciatori, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the current crises plaguing some Middle Eastern states are the outcome of the strategic mistakes by the U.S. and its allies.
"Dividing terrorism into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ has led to the creation and spread of terrorist groups in the region and such a policy has endangered regional and international security,” added the Iranian legislator.
The Italian envoy, in turn, described the Islamic Republic as an influential player in regional developments, saying Rome believes that the current terror threats in the Middle East cannot be contained without Iran’s assistance.