Imam’s opposition to Israel not limited to specific time

(IRNA) – The late Imam Khomeini’s opposition to the Zionist regime was not limited to a specific period of time, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday.

Mottaki made the remarks in his address to an international conference to commemorate father of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini.

The day-long conference, the second international gathering to honor Imam Khomeini, is being held on the eve of the 19th anniversary of his departure (June 3).

A large number of domestic and foreign scholars attended the conference which is to discuss Imam Khomeini’s thoughts about Islamic Revolution, the issue of Palestine and his views about foreign policies.

“The late Imam had repeatedly made it clear from the early day of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that one of the objective of the revolution is to oppose the Zionist regime and help the Palestinian nation,” Mottaki said.

He added that the fall of the former Shah’s regime and establishing the Islamic Republic in Iran was the internal goal of the late Imam’s movement while restoration of the rights of the defenseless Palestinians as well as the collapse of the Zionist regime were among its external aims.

“One of the major reasons of the late Imam’s opposition to the defunct Shah’s regime was for its support for the Zionist regime,” Mottaki added.

He quoted the father of the Islamic Revolution as saying that the Islamic Iran would always support the oppressed people regardless of their places.

Mottaki added that the late Imam believed the Zionism was a threat to all Muslim nations and states.

Noting that Imam Khomeini considered Israel an expansionist regime, Mottaki added that the late Imam had always warned Arab and Islamic countries of the aggressive nature of the usurper regime of Israel.

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