In a meeting with the Syrian Minister of Endowment and his accompanying delegation on Thursday afternoon, the Leader stated that if a nation is ruled by leaders who feel proud of their identity and Islam, they will retain dignity, and the enemy cannot inflict harm on such a nation.
Speaking on the issue of Syria, Ayatollah Khamenei added that “Syria is at the forefront [of resistance] today and it is our duty to support the Syrian resistance. Distinguished President of Syria Bashar al-Assad appeared as a great example of resistance. He never hesitated and stood strong. This is extremely important for a nation.”
“If the leaders of the countries and the regional nations decide decisively to resist, the enemy cannot do anything,” highlighted the Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei further pointed to the enemy plots targeting the Islamic Republic during the past decades, and said, “We are almost in the fortieth year after the  Revolution. From the very first day, all of the world’s top powers became united and acted against us. The US, the Soviet Union, the NATO, and the Arab and regional reactionaries all united [against us].”
“But we survived and prospered. What does this mean? It means what the domineering powers want is not necessarily possible. This issue gives insight to the nations and this insight gives them hope and power,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.
“So if we and you and the rest of the resistance elements stay determined, the enemy cannot accomplish a single thing,” underscored the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
Ayatollah Khamenei further mentioned that “This is our duty is to support and defend Islam and Islamic movement. One of the preliminaries is to forget these sectarian and historical differences, but there are some who disagree and do not want to see that happen.”
Iran’s Leader went on to say that they provoke some Shiite people and also some of our Sunni brothers and they [Shiites and Sunnis] are forced to act and work against the unity movement.
“Those who play this role should be disregarded if they are not dependent on global politics and arrogance.”
However, he added, “if like Saudis and some others, creating such differences arises from arrogant policies, it must be countered. [We] should stand up against them strongly.”
Ayatollah Khamenei further noted that “We do not recognize the Shiite that London supports. We do not recognize as Muslim the Sunni that is supported by the US and Israel.”
“[The real] Islam is against disbelief, cruelty and oppression. These are our commonalities. Tawhid, Kaaba, the holy prophet (PBUH), and the love for Ahlul-Bayt (AS), etc, are our commonalties. These commonalities are all of our Faridahs. Now if I say Qunut in my prayers and you don’t, it’s not something to make differences.”
The Leader also added that what is important is to believe in one God, Nubuwwah (prophecy), divine support and the doomsday.