JNN 18 July 2011 TEHRAN – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said that the real enemies of the Pakistani people and their national unity are Western countries, headed by the Unites States.
The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari late on Saturday.
Pointing to the religious and cultural affinities between Iran and Pakistan, the Leader praised the Pakistani people as “a great nation with a long history of resistance”.
The Pakistani people believe in Islam, and Iran will be pleased with the country’s progress, the Leader stated.
“The only way that the Pakistani people have to deal with the current problems of their country is to hold fast to Islam and its instructions,” he noted.
The Leader also expressed hope that God would help rid the Pakistani people of the evil plans of their enemies.
Zardari also expressed his pleasure over meeting the Leader shortly after his last visit on June 26 and said believing in God and holding fast to Islam would pave the way for human progress and getting rid of problems.
Commenting on the Iranian people’s great resistance against pressures, the Pakistani president said the Iranian people and government serve as good models of resistance and move toward progress.
The Pakistani president also called for closer ties and regional cooperation with Iran.
Zardari also met with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They discussed expansion of mutual cooperation in various areas such as agriculture, industry, and energy.
Ahmadinejad said the world management system needs to be changed.
He added the existing bureaucracies resist change, but usually when a change is made, things tend to progress quickly.
Zardari also expressed his pleasure over meeting the Iranian president and called for closer ties with Tehran.
He recommended that the transactions between the two countries be conducted in national currencies rather than the dollar, saying that this would help decrease smuggling.
He also invited Ahmadinejad to Pakistan