Iran’s Khamenei blames US for regional instability, creation of Islamic State

Reuters . Ankara | Published: 01:28, Jun 13,2017


Iran’s supreme leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and also said Washington’s fight against Islamic State Sunni extremist group was a lie, his official website reported.

‘You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East ... who created Islamic State? America ... America’s claim of fighting against Islamic state is a lie,’ Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials.

Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has long been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran.

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