Iran Leader calls on national unity during Islamic Revolution anniversary
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has underlined the need for national unity, saying the enemies are bent on sowing divisions and fueling mistrust among people as part of their malign designs against the country.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the remarks to a group of Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel in Tehran on Wednesday, a few days before the 44th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic] Revolution in 1979.
“Among our essential needs at the moment is national unity. National unity acts as a bulwark and formidable barrier against enemies. National unity is what played the principal role in the victory of the Revolution and its progress in the following years. We need to double down on the promotion of national unity,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei underscored that a vibrant revolution is one that can protect itself against potential harm, noting that the Islamic Revolution has thwarted major threats and continues to tread down the path of advancement and improvement.
Every year on February 8, Iranian Air Force commanders and personnel meet the Leader to mark the historic declaration of allegiance of Iranian Air Force officers with the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini on February 8, 1979.
The meeting is viewed as a turning point leading to the victory of the Islamic Revolution three days later, sealing the fate of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in Iran.
The Leader said the enemies are hell-bent on bringing Iran’s Islamic establishment to its knees by means of creating discord and mistrust in the society.
“Even though US statesmen have frequently declared that they are not after regime change in Iran, they continue to draw up plans on how to topple the Islamic establishment when they meet up in private political circles,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“One reason for such animosity is that the Islamic Republic has cut off the US’ hands from an important, strategic and profit-making region with rich mineral and human resources. Another reason is that the Islamic Republic has been the flag bearer of the call to independence and resistance against excessive demands,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.
“Hope for the future will be dashed once mistrust prevails among political factions and blocs, social groups, and between the government and the nation,” he said.