In his meeting with Latin American parliament members Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said: even though the physical distance between us is much, our hearts however, are so close to each other.
His eminence considering fighting against oppression and oppressors as the commonality between Iran and Latin American countries, stated: “We should have more understanding and hand in hand fight oppressors and the hegemonic powers.”
His eminence pointed out to plans of the western media to deceive the world about Iran and stated: “recently a number of American professors came to meet me and they told that what they saw in Iran was absolutely different with how it was pictured for them.”
He emphasized on the necessity of more relationship between Latin American countries and Iran and added: “the more we understand each other the more it will help us in our common goal.”
Stressing on the fact that there exist many freedom seeking countries in the world, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazai said:” These countries should unite and shoulder by shoulder, play their constructive role in global equations.”
Explaining that in Iran religious minorities peacefully and without any problem, live together with the majority, he exclaimed: “the western media propaganda which say otherwise are just lies.”
Insisting on the fact that we have no problem with the American nation, he said:” We do not have any problem with the Jews of the world either, our problem is only with oppressing and hegemonic countries.”
He continued:” I hope you reflect what you observed about Iran, the scholars, and the politician and this for sure will strengthen our ties. Such an act is very valuable and humanistic.”
Pointing out to the fact that Qum is the cultural capital of the Islamic World, he added: “The biggest seminary in the world is placed in Qum and Muslims from Islamic and non-Islamic countries come here for religious studies”
Highlighting the fact that the seminary publishes more than twenty books every week, his eminence said: “Our religious channels send the message of Islam, independence, freedom and good morals to all corners of the world.”
“There are Christian, Jew and Zoroastrian members in Iranian parliament the minority even had a role in writing the constitution when the rights of the minority were being written.” His eminence reiterated.
In response to the Cuban Parliament member’s comments, he replied: “Whenever we hear the name Cuba or Fidel Castro in our media, we become very sensitive because we believe the Cubans are brave freedom-seeker people who have been oppressed; we must help each other set them free from the oppression.”
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi continued: “Such sensitivity exists for all Latin American countries of course. We follow their news and become delighted with their success.”
Highlighting the importance of the necessity to take practical steps in the war against oppressors all around the globe, he said: let’s stop talking and take some real steps towards independence and fighting oppression.
His eminence urged that the oppressed countries should never get tired in fighting oppression and stated: Our country was under the hegemony of oppressors and no one would believe that we could free ourselves, however Imam Khumaini (r) decided to make a move, therefore, trusting in God and being supported by people, he managed to succeed.”
In the end of the session he addressed the Latin American Parliament members and said:” Send our regards to the people of your countries and may they know that where there is a will, there is a way. If they make the effort, they shall definitely be successful.”
It is notable that some of the Latin American Members stated that their observation of Iran was different to what anti Iranian media had advertised and insisted on the importance of strengthening the relations of their countries with Iran.