Top cleric slams British PM for anti-Iran remarks

Tasnim – Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi deplored British Prime Minister Theresa May for her recent remarks against the Islamic Republic and said such statements are made only for money.

“They (the British premier and other Western officials) do such things to get money from Arab sheikhs,” Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said, referring to May’s anti-Iran comments in a recent summit of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) in Bahrain.

Speaking in Manama, Bahrain, at the 37th annual summit of the PGCC earlier this month, May said Britain would contribute to counteract what she claimed to be Iran’s “aggressive regional actions”.

She also unveiled plans for a four-billion-dollar military investment in the region for the next 10 years.

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi dimissed the allegation raised by the British PM, stressing that Iran has been the first country to fight against terror groups in the Middle East region.

On Saturday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei slammed May’s remarks and said London’s policies and measures over the past two centuries have been a source of evil and misery in the regional countries.

“In recent days, the Britons have labeled – in the most shameful manner – the oppressed and dear Iran as a threat to the region but everybody knows that contrary to such allegations, this is the British (officials) who have been always the source and root cause of threat, corruption, danger and misery,” the Leader added.