Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009.
(photo credit: REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ)
Using a meeting on scientific progress as an opportunity to slam Western nations, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran must turn to the East to advance the nation's power.
“Looking to the West and Europe has no benefit other than having to stand idle, begging favors and undergoing humiliation,” Supreme Leader of Iran Khamenei said.
Calling western nations "the enemy," he elaborated that these countries have painted a false image of Iran. He emphasized that the actual state of the country is the opposite of what "domineering foreigners" have depicted through "the hegemonic system."
“Portraying a false, negative and disappointing image of the situation in Iran is the most important agenda of the enemy today,” Khamenei said.
The objective of the meeting with scientific elites in Tehran was to stress the importance of science in all fronts of Iranian society. He hopes to connect universities with industry, while cooperating with ambitious countries in the East.
“If we make scientific progress, the threats from our civilizational, political, and economic enemies will not be permanent and will diminish,” Khamenei said.