"Hegemonic powers" breeds terrorism – Ayatollah cautions Africa on Mahama visit

- Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on African nations to close their ranks and fight terrorism on the continent

- He met President John Dramani Mahama at his Beit Rahbari residence in Tehran last Sunday

- It was the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinei

- Mahama said he was enthused with Ayatollah Khamenei's words of peace and commended Iran's fight against terrorism

"Hegemonic powers" breeds terrorism – Ayatollah cautions Africa on Mahama visit

President Mahama meets Ayatollah Ali in Tehran

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has called on African nations to close their ranks and fight terrorism on the continent.

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The Iranian Constitution Leader of the Islamic Revolution said this at a meeting with President John Dramani Mahama at his Beit Rahbari residence in Tehran last Sunday.

Ayatollah Ali was of the view that extremism and conflicts in Africa were the direct results from "Hegemonic powers" and that the best solution to the problem "lies in the independent countries accelerating cooperation between them."

The occasion was the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinei.

The Supreme leader regretted that it was only in Africa that 'hegemonic powers’ were promoting conflicts stating that, they were also the cause of “Terrorist groups in our region and Africa have been nurtured by the spying agencies of the United States, Britain and the Zionist regime".

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He also spoke about the Syrian conflict where he revealed that his country was interested in ensuring that there was peace in that country.

He emphasised that Iran had always made calculated efforts to make sure the issue ended up in the best interest of the nation.

“The Americans and the Europeans cannot decide for the Syrian nation and it is the Syrian nation that should decide about its own future,” he said.

On the Iran - African cooperation, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged their continued cooperation with African countries to enhance the continent's progress and pledged that they would always remain faithful to the African cause and relationship.

He expressed the hope that President Mahama's visit will enhance cooperation between the two countries and commended Ghana’s potentials for growth.

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The meeting was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

President Mahama on his part, said he was enthused with Ayatollah Khamenei's words of peace and commended Iran's fight against terrorism.

He assured the people of Iran, his country’s preparedness to cooperate with them and commended their continued support for Ghana’s development.

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