Baku, Azerbaijan, May 18
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has once again described the US as a "great Satan" and criticized regional powers that follow the US policies.
"Unfortunately, some Islamic governments betray their fellow nations and lay the ground for the US," Khamenei's official website quoted him as saying in a meeting with participants of a Quran recitation competition in Tehran May 18.
He said some Islamic countries cooperate with the US, which is considered as a serious issue for the Islamic world.
"We should not be weak. We must be strong. Power does not mean only money and weapon. Belief [in God and religion] and resistance are the bases of power," said Khamenei.
"The enemy is afraid of Islam's might," he said. "Resistance to the US is the main point of Iran's prowess."
Khamenei also said the Islamic Republic's stance is influential in the world.
"We are sincere with Muslims and our words and deeds are the same," he added.
Iranian leader also touched upon the issue of extremism and said terrorist groups are acting on behalf of the "enemy" in sowing discord among Muslims.