Tehran (IP) - Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the million-man funeral of martyr Soleimani was the first tough slap in the face to the Americans, but the more severe slap is "software overcoming the empty hegemony of arrogance" and "expelling the United States from the region", emphasizing that those who ordered the assassination of General Soleimani and perpetrators must also pay the price, and this revenge is certain whenever possible.

Iran Press/Iran News: Ayatollah Seyyad Ali Khamenei, this morning (Wednesday) during a meeting with members of the headquarters of commemorating the anniversary of Lieutenant- General Martyr Soleimani and his family, called Martyr Soleimani the hero of the Iranian nation and the hero of the Islamic Ummah and during this meeting, gave four important advice to the officials and the people of Iran: "Be strong in all fields", "Do not trust the enemy", "Maintain national unity" and "Rather than thinking about lifting the sanctions, "Think about thwarting the sanction."

At the beginning of the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the staff of the Martyr Soleimani Commemoration Headquarters and the martyrs who defended the holy shrines, and also appreciated the good actions of the family of Martyr Soleimani to keep alive the memory and path of that dear martyr and stressed that given that the martyr has always been a people-oriented, to mark him, the people's capacities and cultural and creative efforts should be used.

The Leader called the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani a historical event and pointed to the fact that he became a national hero for Iranians and a hero of the Islamic Ummah, adding that the reason why Martyr Soleimani became the hero of the Iranian nation and different sections of the people and they honoured and expressed their feelings to him, was that Martyr Soleimani was the manifestation of Iranian and Iranian cultural values.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned "courage and resistance" among the prominent features of Martyr Soleimani and stated that courage and the spirit of resistance are of Iranian characteristics and abjection and inaction are against the national spirit, so those who claim nationality but show abjection are suffering contradiction.

Ayatollah Khamenei considered "wisdom, ingenuity, sacrifice and altruism" as other characteristics of Martyr Soleimani and noted that that martyr was also a man of spirituality, sincerity and the hereafter and was never a hypocrite.

The Leader considered the collection of these Iranian traits and spirits that had crystallized in Martyr Soleimani and he displayed them in the countries of the region in practice, paved the way for that martyr to become the hero of the Iranian nation and noted that Martyr Soleimani, on the other hand, became the hero of the Islamic Ummah because the efforts, morale and martyrdom of this great man is "the code name for the awakening and mobilization of resistance in the Islamic world" and wherever there is a base of resistance against arrogance, their code name is "Martyr Soleimani".

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution emphasized that Martyr Soleimani popularized the software of resistance and the model of struggle among the Islamic nations.

Ayatollah Khamenei, stressing that Martyr Soleimani defeated arrogance both during his life and with his martyrdom, stated that the President of the United States said that we spent 7 trillion dollars in the region, but we did not achieve anything, and finally he was forced to do so in the dark of night and go to a military base for a few hours. The whole world recognizes that the United States has not achieved its goals in Syria, especially in Iraq.

Leader went on to say that the champion of this great work is Gen. Soleimani, which was done during his lifetime.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution pointed out that the enemy was defeated after the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani, noting that the unforgettable million-man funeral of martyrs Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Iraq and Iran and the commemoration ceremonies of these two martyrs surprised the generals of arrogant soft war. It was a first severe slap in the face to the Americans.

Ayatollah Khamenei, referring to another slap in the US' face via a missile attack on the US base of Ain al-Assad, added that but the toughest slap is the software overcoming the absurd hegemony of arrogance, which requires the efforts of our revolutionary youth and faithful elites, as well as the expulsion of Americans from the region, which requires the efforts of nations and resistance policies.

In another part of his remarks, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution made some important recommendations to the officials and the people.

Ayatollah Khamenei emphasized in his first recommendation: We must be strong in all areas, including economics, science, technology and defense, because until we are strong, the enemies will not give up greed, and aggression.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution said in his second recommendation: My firm advice is not to trust the enemy.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out: Do not trust the promises of anyone to solve the problems of the people and the future of the country, because these are not promises of the benevolent but the promises of the wicked, and you should not forget the hostilities.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution added: "You saw what Trump's America and Obama's America did to you. The hostilities are not just for Trump's America, which ends when he leaves, Obama's America also did bad things to you and the Iranian nation.

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out that the three European countries also showed extreme non-compliance, and hypocrisy.

In his next recommendation, emphasizing "preserving national unity", the Leader referred to the united voice of the nation in many matters and said that the officials should not destroy this unity and unanimity of the people and divide the nation, but all three branches of power, especially the heads by synergy and cooperating, must strengthen the national unity day by day.

Criticizing some divisive remarks, he addressed the officials: "Resolve your differences by negotiating with each other. Are you not saying that we should negotiate with the world, is it not possible to negotiate and resolve disputes with the internal element?

Ayatollah Khamenei's last recommendation was to emphasize the "neutralization of sanctions."

"The lifting of sanctions is in the hands of the enemy, but it is up to us to neutralize them," he said. "So we need to focus more on neutralizing them than on lifting them."

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution added that of course, we do not say we should not seek to lift the sanctions, because if the sanctions can be lifted, we should not delay even an hour, although it has been delayed for four years now and since 2016 that all sanctions were supposed to be lifted at once to date, not only have sanctions not been lifted, but they have increased.

Addressing the officials, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "If the sanctions can be lifted in the right, wise, Iranian-Islamic and dignified way, this should be done, but the main focus should be on neutralizing the sanctions, which its initiation is in your hands."

In the end, he noted: I support the country's officials as long as they adhere to the nation's goals.


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