0733 GMT January 19, 2020
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday the region would have been facing an unclear fate had it not been for the Iranian Armed Forces’ efforts against Daesh terrorists.
During a meeting with military commanders in the capital Tehran ahead of the National Army Day, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to the presence of the Iranian Army and the Armed Forces in the region and their contribution to the fight against “enemies’ seditious acts” and said, “If the Army and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps did not engage in the fight against Daesh, today what had become of the region and neighboring countries and who would rule over them?”
“Each and every single country that was engaged [in the fight] countered [terrorists] and took necessary measures but the role of Iran’s Armed Forces cannot be ignored,” the Leader added, Press TV reported.
The Leader said Iran’s Armed Forces were among the “manifestations and elements of national power,” contrary to many countries even those claiming to be advocates of freedom and human rights, where the military is the element of power that counters people, an example of which we see [in protests] on Saturdays in Paris.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei commended the Army and the IRGC as well as the unprecedented presence of people in flood-hit areas to help their fellow countrymen.
The Leader also underlined the importance of “ever-growing unity” among Iran’s Armed forces and hailed the united front in the face of a recent move by the US to blacklist the IRGC.
“Whatever measure that enrages enemy is good and right but all should refrain from any act that emboldens and bolsters enemy,” Ayatollah Khamenei further said.
The United States on Monday officially registered the IRGC as a "foreign terrorist organization," according to a notice published on the website of the US Federal Register.
US President Trump said in a statement on April 8 that he had designated the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, adding that the Iranian elite forces' designation "makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the IRGC. If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism."
The US measure was met with severe criticism from Iranian officials and military commanders as well as the nation that voiced support for the IRGC.
On Tuesday, the Iranian Parliament overwhelmingly approved the general outlines of a motion devised by the legislature to counter the US blacklisting of the IRGC.
Shortly after Trump's statement, Iran's Supreme National Security Council also slammed the US government as "supporter of terrorism," designating American forces in West Asia, known as the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), as a "terrorist organization."