During his visit to Russia, Ayatollah Qomi held a meeting with Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia, Ravil Gainutdin, in Moscow on Friday.
In the meeting, Qomi referred to the growing relations between Iran and Russia, and underlined the necessity for enhancing the level of cultural ties in accordance with other fields.
He also appreciated Gainutdin for his positions to strengthen unity among Muslims, and stressed the necessity for fighting against the West-sponsored Islamophobia and imperialism.
Gainutdin, for his part, pointed to Putin’s late November visit to Tehran and his meeting with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and said both countries share identical views on fight against extremism and safeguarding Muslims’ unity.
On November 23, Ayatollah Khamenei and President Putin had a two-hour-long meeting in Tehran.
During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei told Putin that the US has a long-term plan to dominate the entire West Asian region, cautioning that Washington is also seeking to achieve its goals through negotiations after its failure in the battlefield in Syria.
The Iranian Supreme Leader praised Moscow’s effective presence on regional scenes, specially Syria, and welcomed further expansion of “bilateral, regional and international cooperation”.
He said the US has a long-term plan to dominate the entire region of West Asia. “This long-term plan of the United States is harmful to all the nations and countries, specially Iran and Russia and it should be defused through vigilance and closer interaction.”
The Iranian Leader described Putin as a remarkable figure in the contemporary world, and appreciated Russia’s efforts in resolving Iran’s nuclear issue.
Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran’s nuclear issue seems to be in its last chapter, “but we do not at all trust the Americans and are watching the US administration’s behavior and performance in this regard with our eyes open wide”.
He further noted the seriousness that both the Russian president and Iranian officials have shown to expand bilateral ties between the two states, and said the Tehran-Moscow cooperation can be promoted way beyond its present level, specially in economic fields.
The Iranian leader also praised the Russian president’s stances on different issues, particularly in the last one and a half years, as “very good” and “innovative”, and said, “Americans always try to push their rivals into a passive stance, but you have defused this policy.”
He voiced satisfaction in Iran-Russia security and political cooperation, and said Moscow’s decision and moves on the Syrian issue have increased the regional and global credit of both Russia and Mr. Putin.
“The Americans are seeking to first dominate Syria and then spread their control over the region in a bid to fill their historical gap of lack of domination and control over West Asia, and this long-term plot is a threat to all nations and states, Russia and Iran in particular,” Ayatollah Khamenei warned.