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We are worried about situation in Bahrain: Iran's Supreme Leader

Source: Mehr News Agency

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei announced on Wednesday that "we are very worried about situation in Bahrain." The Leader made the remarks as he addressed worshippers at prayers marking Eid ul-Fitr.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

The Leader called on people in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen to vigilantly guard their revolutions so that the arrogant powers would not hijack their revolutions.

"Muslim nations whether in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, and in the rest of countries need to be vigilant today. They should not allow the victories they have gained to be hijacked by enemies."

The Leader also pointed to NATO attacks on Muammar Gaddafi's regime, saying those countries which consider themselves as owners of the Libyan revolution are those past colonial powers who helped suppress the Libyan nation.

The Leader was indirectly referring to the colonization of Libya by Italy, Britain and France.

"Today they have come and want to take advantage of the situation; (but) nations must be vigilant."

The Leader went on to say, "Of course, we are very worried about the situation in Bahrain. The Bahraini people are cruelled, suppressed; promises are made but those promises are not fulfilled."

The movement of the Bahraini people for democracy "will certainly succeed" and this true everywhere in the world, the Leader asserted.

Election as a 'challenge' must no hurt Iran's security

The Leader also referred to the March parliamentary elections in Iran, saying election is a "challenge" and all should be careful that this "challenge" would not harm national security.

"To some extent elections in our country have been a challenging issue, although in comparison to elections that are held in certain countries in the world, whether in the so-called developed countries or certain other countries, where malicious acts, treasons, conflicts and even killings happen, thank God such events are not in our country, but still it is a challenge," the Leader noted.

"You should be careful that this challenge would not hurt the country's security. Election which is a manifestation of religious democracy should support our security."

In an indirect reference to the post-presidential elections in 2009, the Supreme Leader said, "You saw, you felt at close distance when enemies want to misuse elections against the country's security."

He added all people and officials should be vigilant and "guard the elections like a divine gift."

At the end of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to famine in Somalia and said "A great grief which has shadowed our heart is the grief of the Somali people."

He asked the Iranian people and officials to send humanitarian aid to Somalia as much as they can.

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