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Iran's Supreme Leader Rallies Muslims

August 2, 2006 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today urged Muslims worldwide to stand against Israel and the United States.

He reiterated Tehran's support for the peoples of Lebanon and Palestine.

In his remarks, carried by Iran's main media outlets, Khamenei also praised Hizballah, which he said "is on the front line of the sacred defense of the Muslim ummah [community of believers] and all nations in the region."

He said Israel's attacks against Lebanon's main Shi'ite militant group "will revive the spirit of resistance in the Islamic world."

Iranian parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Guardians Council head Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati on August 1 made similar statements, urging Muslims to show active support for Hizballah and the Lebanese people.

President Chides UN

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad later today criticized the UN Security Council over its inability to secure a cease-fire in Lebanon.

Addressing residents of Jajarm, a city in northeastern Khorasan Province, Ahmadinejad said the failure to wrest a suspension of Israel's attacks against the Hizballah "is a permanent disgrace for members of the international body, including the United States."

(IRNA, Fars News Agency, ISNA, IRIB)

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