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Iran leader speech

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Leader says the United States, backed by Europe, is at the forefront of hegemonic powers’ campaign against the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in an address to a group of people from Iran’s central province of Isfahan. He said all US presidents, be it Democrat or Republican, have been leading the fight against the Islamic Republic since the early days of the Islamic Revolution. Ayatollah Khamenei said all US presidents sought help from whoever at their disposal, including the Israeli regime and some regional countries, to stand against the Islamic Republic. The Leader said the enemy is utilizing a whole range of resources, including satellite networks and cyberspace, to dash the Iranians' hope. Ayatollah Khamenei warned that anti-Iran media are spreading lies on a massive scale. They are trying to give the impression that large numbers of people are opposed to the Islamic Establishment in order to impress ignorant individuals. However, the Leader noted, that the people’s mass presence on the stage to safeguard the Islamic Revolution amounts a slap in the face of the ill-wishers.

Lavrov barred from OSCE meeting

Russia slams as provocative and unprecedented Poland’s decision to bar Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov from attending regional security talks. The Russian foreign ministry says Warsaw’s decision undermines the basis for establishing security cooperation, adding that the organization has become a platform for anti-Russia moves. The ministry also said Warsaw has discredited itself, causing irreparable damage to the credibility of the organization. On Friday, Poland announced it would not allow the Russian delegation to attend the Organization for Security and Cooperation meeting next month. The polish government said that Sergei Lavrov is on the list of sanctioned individuals over the war in Ukraine and therefore should not be allowed to attend the meeting. The Russian delegation will be led by Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich instead.

Slamming Western ‘hypocrisy’

FIFA president Gianni infantino has slammed European countries, calling out the hypocrisy of those who criticize the World Cup host Qatar, over moral issues. Infantino who will stand unopposed for re-election as FIFA president next march, argued that while Europe doesn’t allow any of the migrants to work legally inside the EU borders, Qatar offers them real opportunities. Qatar hired 30,000 laborers from some Asian countries to build stadiums as well as some other infrastructure. 6500 of those migrants, working on the projects, have been reported dead by their respective embassies. That has drawn heavy criticism from human rights groups.

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