0818 GMT June 25, 2019
In a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Leader warned that the United State’s plot for a regional domination is a threat to Iran and Russia.
“The US’s long-term plan for the region is against the interests of all nations, especially those of Iran and Russia. It should be thwarted through intelligence and closer interaction (between countries),” Ayatollah Khamenei said, leader.ir reported.
"The United states is trying to achieve its failed military objectives in Syria now through political means," the Leader added.
The Leader also praised “Moscow’s effective presence in regional issues” especially in the Syrian crisis.
Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Islamic Republic is prepared to boost its “bilateral, regional and international” cooperation with Russia.
The Leader also praised the role of Putin in a recent nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1, saying, “We do not trust the United States and follow up the performance and behavior of the US in this regard with open eyes.”
Putin also called Iran an “independent and firm” country, saying, “We consider you as a trusted and reliable ally in the region and world.”
He added that Tehran and Moscow have common stance in respect to Syria.
“We believe that the Syrian crisis should be resolved through political measures and the vote of people of the country,” Putin said.
Putin agreed that global powers should not impose their political will on Syria.
In a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Ayatollah Khamenei said the international coalitions that purport to be fighting terrorism cannot be trusted as their members are sponsoring terrorist groups.
The Leader said “Islam’s open enemies” and “foes that bear enmity with Islam in the name of Islam” are the “two blades of the same scissors.”
The Leader warned against pinning hopes on the West, particularly the US, in the fight against terrorist groups such as Daesh and Boko Haram, saying, “According to accurate intelligence, the US and some reactionary regional countries are directly helping Daesh and are playing a destructive role.”
The Nigerian president described the relations between Iran and Nigeria as solid and long-lasting, saying, “Iran is a major and advanced country and enjoys many capacities for cooperation.”
The Leader separately met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said resistance is the sole way for independent countries to progress.
“Today, the policies of [global] arrogance [imperialism] have afflicted humanity like a blight; and the sole way for progress and victory by independent countries is ‘resistance’ and ‘relying on masses of people’ in the ‘war of wills,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader emphasized the boosting of ties between the Islamic Republic and Venezuela, and noted, “Iran considers Venezuela’s progress and success as those of its own.”
Maduro said Iran and Venezuela are true friends.
He said imperialist countries seek to destroy the independence of other states by stoking unrest and attempting to humiliate them and their identities.
Also on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Maduro called for closer interaction among energy exporting countries to maintain stability in the market.
It is necessary for the countries that produce and export energy to coordinate policies for the sake of stability and balance of the market, President Rouhani said.
The Iranian president also hailed Venezuela’s efforts to maintain a balance in the global oil market.
Describing the GECF summit as a “show of power” by the gas exporting countries, President Rouhani noted that members of the forum seek to produce “clean energy” and “protect the environment more effectively.”
He further touched on Tehran-Caracas bilateral relations, voicing Iran’s readiness to expand scientific and academic ties with Venezuela, meet the Latin American nation’s trade and industrial demands and carry out joint projects with it.
Maduro lauded the bilateral relations with Iran, which he said are based upon “political trust.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Nigerian counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama in a meeting explored avenues for promotion of cooperation between the two countries.
During the meeting, Zarif hailed the two countries’ actual capacities for expansion of bilateral ties in the fields of trade, science and new technologies.
“Iran and Nigeria can increasingly enhance their economic, scientific and technological capacities within the framework of bilateral and regional cooperation,” Zarif said.
He also noted that Tehran and Abuja have good opportunities for increased cooperation in the fields of electricity, new energies, and regional and Islamic collaborations.
Onyeama, who is accompanying the African country’s president in his Tehran visit, voiced his country’s preparedness to work with Tehran in the field of new energies and technologies.
“We have the resolve to expand our economic and cultural cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he reiterated.