Dec 3, 2017, 1:30 PM
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Zarif hails Iran Leader's letter to western youth

Tehran, Dec 3, IRNA – The open letter of Iran's Supreme Leader last year, addressing the youth in Europe and North America, constituted the most important principle preventing false representation of Islam, said Iran's foreign minister.

'The Leader of the Islamic Revolution in his letter addressed two issues: the importance of promoting discourses and the attempt by some parties to depict a tarnished image of Islam,' Mohammad Javad Zarif said, on the sidelines of an event in Tehran on Sunday, held on the anniversary of Iran Leader's letter to the western youth.

Of course, attempts aimed at tarnishing the image of Islam had been underway for a long time before Daesh (ISIS), and after the fall of Communism, the necessity of initiating a new discourse was also expressed, Zarif added.

By creating Daesh they tried to portray a brutal image of Islam, Iran's top diplomat said.

But Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in his letter paid attention to both issues of a new discourse and anti-Islam measures, he said.

Zarif went on to say that attributing false messages and images to Islam and the Islamic Republic, in the form of Islamophobia, Iranophobia and Shiaphobia tended to be the main goal the West followed to achieve.

'The Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Late Imam Khomeini had a very subtle and profound understanding about the new developments,' he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei as a man of peace foresaw the future, he added.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said in his open letter the Iranian Leader wonders why those originally born and educated in the West and those whose mother tongue was English or French were going to Iraq and Syria to behead children there and that how the West was going to justify this.

'This is a basic question made not out of an attempt to accuse others but out of a will to find a solution,' he said.

The Iranian Leader in his letter addressed the youth in the West, saying they were those who could find a solution, Zarif added.

The Iranian top diplomat also said that from the early years of 1990s as expressed in the words of the Iranian Leader and later acknowledged by many thinkers, the world witnessed a historical turning point.

'Of course, the era has been repeatedly described as a transition era by Iran's Leader,' Zarif said.

'The transition era has a special characteristic; as agreed by the West, we are moving towards a post-Western world,' Zarif said.

'This does not mean that the West has no place in the world, rather it means that for the first time in history, the international relations and landmark developments are taking place not in the West or through the West,' he stressed.

This tends to constitute a strategic importance in our bid to understand international relations and the reality that today not everything is promoted in the West or by it, he said.

This is an strategic understanding for us to look towards the future,' he added.

What remains to be very important in the transition era, Zarif said, is the diversity of power sources.

In the meantime, the Iranian Foreign Minister denounced the West for its wrong policies and strategic mistakes.

'The Western World has always needed to depict an enemy to justify its faulty policies and strategic mistakes,' Zarif said.

'The discourse they were following to construct was using the name Islam alongside terrorism,' he said.

Those who promoted terrorism are now hiding themselves behind its veil while they try to tarnish the image of Islam, he added.

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