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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan compared US President Donald Trump to Satan and encouraged Iranians to resist American “plots” against Iran, during a visit to Tehran, according to a report by the semi-official Islamic Republic News Agency.
“The Christians say that Satan is a liar, and every day they keep a count of Trump’s lies,” Farrakhan said at a meeting with Mohsen Rezaee, a conservative politician who is secretary of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, a body that advises Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
“Only Satan was created by a lie,” Farrakhan said.
Farrakhan is leading a group of Nation of Islam members on a tour of Iran as the Islamic Republic celebrates the anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, just days before the Trump administration reimposes sanctions on Iran’s key oil sector
Thousands of students in the government-organized rally in the capital Tehran, broadcast live by state television, burned the Stars and Stripes, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of Trump, outside the leafy downtown compound that once housed the US mission.
This is not Farrakhan’s first visit to the country. He was in Iran in 1996 as well as 2016, and has long been a vocal supporter of the Islamic Republic.
In his speech in Tehran, Farrakhan said he was enjoying his visit to Iran and that “I am here to show my friendship” with the Iranian people. He also warned Iranians against “American plots” against the Muslim world.
“The American government is plotting against you every day,” Farrakhan said, saying he knew of American plans to attack and occupy seven Muslim nations. “Because it is impossible to change the way of thinking of Islamic Iran, they never sleep and are always working to create an internal enemy in Iran.”
Farrakhan also referred to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and to Trump and his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner’s involvement in Saudi affairs.
“Trump cannot clear his account with Muhammad bin Salman because of the killing of Khashoggi,” he said, “because of the large amount invested in the Saudis and the interest that Trump’s son-in-law and his family have in the country.”
“Israel has taken very clever steps in Abu Dhabi, and wants to gain control over Muhammad bin Salman,” Rezaee added, “but the Khashoggi affair has foiled their plans.”
“When I met Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud at the Saudi Embassy, I asked him why there are American troops in the holy places [Mecca and Medina],” Farrakhan added. “He assured me that we have a treaty stating that any time we want, we can remove the Americans. I told him that treaties have not stopped the Americans in the past. They also had treaties with the Native Americans, which were never honored.
“Gaddafi also trusted them and gave everything to the Americans,” he said, referring to former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who gave up his nuclear program but who was toppled in the Arab Spring uprisings just a few years later. The statement was also an obvious reference to the confrontation between Iran and both the United States and Israel over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Rezaee responded to Farrakhan in a statement aimed particularly at the American Muslim community: “Iran is the home of all Muslims, and I hope that your journey and your meetings with the leaders of this country will strengthen the unity between the Muslims of America and Iranians.”
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