(AhlulBayt News Agency) - “The US and many European powers have played a role in the creation of bitter events in Syria and Iraq and the regional nations, well aware of such meddling, truly hold a negative view of them,” the Leader said in a meeting with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Tehran on Saturday.
He added that the interference of certain big powers is the root cause of the existing issues in the Middle East.
Imam Khamenei pointed to improving situation in Iraq and stated that the Syrian issue can also be solved “but it requires an end to support for terrorism and warmongering.”
Imam Khamenei emphasized that the presence of some Western countries’ representatives in opposition groups in Syria and their generously providing them with weapons at the outset of Syria’s crisis are among examples of such problematic meddlesome policies.
Imam Khamenei also said Iran and Sweden have great potential to improve cooperation, adding that Tehran welcomes enhanced relations with Stockholm in all fields.
Imam Khamenei stated that the current level of mutual relations is far below the two countries’ capacities and noted that the Iranian nation maintains a positive view of Sweden which would prepare an appropriate ground for the strengthening of cooperation.
Imam Khamenei said the “educated and vital youths” as well as an enthusiastic and resolute nation are the most important capacities of the Islamic Republic.
Imam Khamenei added that great and exemplary participation of the Iranian people in rallies marking the 38th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution showed their readiness and said those analysts who are making judgment about Iran from outside are unable to understand such grandeur.
Imam Khamenei further pointed to Iran’s positive vote to Sweden’s membership at the United Nations Security Council and said, “The Security Council is an important potentiality which unfortunately has been taken hostage by certain big powers.” However, it is possible to prevent the body’s double standard policies by playing a constructive role, Imam Khamenei said.
During the meeting, which was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Imam Khamenei added that regional issues should be solved by countries in the region.