Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the protests in Iraq and Lebanon on the United States, Israel and some Western countries.
“The biggest blow that enemies can wield to any country is to rob them of security, which they started in some countries in the region,” Khamenei said. “I recommend that those keen on Iraq and Lebanon address the riots and insecurity triggered by America, the Zionist entity and some Western countries.”
Iran, he continued, has also been the target of “similar conspiracies” in the past but managed to “thwart the plots thanks to the nation’s vigilance and the preparedness of the armed forces.”
Khameni, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for military cadets held at the Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Academy in Tehran on Wednesday, said protesters should pursue their demands through legal means rather than taking to the streets.