14 February 2011
Reacting to the uprising in Egypt, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced the creation of a new Middle East free of the United States and Israel. Massive crowds of Iranians, waving flags and chanting "Death to Mubarak!" and "Death to America!" descended on Tehran's Freedom Square to listen to Ahmadinejad, who gave a speech marking the 32nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Ahmadinejad directed good part of his speech at the Arab uprisings and said the Egyptians needed to be careful of the United States. "They [the United States] have adopted a friendly face and saying 'We are friends of people of North Africa and Arab countries', but be watchful and united. You will be victorious," he declared. "Iranian nation is your friend and it is your right to freely choose your path. Iranian nation backs this right of yours."
Iran, which has no diplomatic ties with Egypt, has expressed its support to the uprising there, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling for installing an Islamic regime in the world's most populous Arab nation. In his fiery style, Ahmadinejad declared the world was witnessing a revolution managed by Imam Mehdi, the 12th Shiite imam who disappeared as a five-year-old in the 10th century and who Shiites believe will return on Judgment Day. "The final move has begun. We are in the middle of a world revolution managed by this dear Imam. A great awakening is unfolding. One can witness the hand of the Imam in managing it," said Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian leader, who has often denied the Holocaust, called the United States was an "accomplice to the oppression of the Zionist regime", adding: "If you want people to trust you, first of all do not interfere in affairs of the region, including in Tunisia and Egypt. Let them be by themselves," he said. "Come and take away the Zionist regime which is the source of all crimes... take it away and liberate the region. Free the region and give it to the people and take this regime, which is the child of Satan [the United States], out," he added.
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