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Senior international advisor to Supreme Leader: Anti-Islamic measures by Azeri government cannot continue for long

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Ali Akbar Velayati said, “The antireligious measures in Azerbaijan are not in keeping with the viewpoints of the majority of Muslim people of Azerbaijan and have been imposed on them… They may take certain steps right now, but based on the experiences of those who have ruled Muslim countries, Islam has deep roots in the hearts of the people. He added, “Even under Communist rule in the former Soviet Union, the hearts of the people of both countries (Iran and Azerbaijan) remained close.” Velayati said, “We hope the government of Azerbaijan will pay attention to its people’s demand for the development of relations between the two governments.” On May 21, Iran recalled its ambassador to Azerbaijan after 100 members of “pro-Israeli groups,” including the Southern Azerbaijan Independence Party, the International Diaspora Center, and the World Congress of Azerbaijanis gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy in Baku, shouting slogans against Iran and insulting the Leader of the Islamic Revolution. The Iranian Foreign Ministry also summoned Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Tehran to lodge a protest with Baku for its “recent insults to religious sanctities.” IRGC’s Basij Pioneers in Semnan Province urged the people of the Azerbaijani Republic to rise up against their “pro-Western statesmen, by saying “Azerbaijan should be at the vanguard of the Islamic movement in the Caucasus (and) people should rise against pro-western statesmen of this country.”

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  • Published: 3 days ago on Tuesday, 5 June 2012
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: June 5, 2012 @ 2:43 pm
  • Filed Under: International
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    • http://www.mehrnews.com/fa/newsdetail.aspx?NewsID=1616103; http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/05/30/243827/azeri-government-antiislam-behavior-velayati/; http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13910311000184

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