1397 year in review: Top foreign officials’ visits with Supreme Leader

March 27, The Iran Project – The following timeline lists all visits made by senior officials of foreign countries with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during Persian Iranian calendar year of 1397 (ended on March 20, 2019). Arranged in order of time. In total, more than five heads of state held separate meetings with Supreme Leader during the period.


**Ordibehesht (Apr 21-May21)

May 13 – Iran’s Supreme Leader receives Sri Lankan president

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena conferred with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on issues of mutual interests. In The meeting, Iranian Leader said Asian countries should enhance cooperation in a bid to boost their strength.

**Shahrivar (Aug 23-Sep 22)

September 8 – Leader receives Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who traveled to Tehran to take part in a key trilateral summit, hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and also attended by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, focusing on Syria. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said closer relations and synergy among Muslim countries are the most important needs of the Muslim world.

September 8 – Iran’s Supreme Leader receives Russian President 

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received the visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage, after a trilateral summit with Turkey about Syria. Ayatollah Khamenei told Putin that Syria is a good example of “restraining America”, where the Iranian leader said the U.S. has been defeated.

**Aban (Oct 23-Nov 21)

November 17 – Leader receives Iraqi President Barham Salih 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met Iraqi President Barham Salih and his accompanying delegation in Tehran. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Iranian and Iraqi nations have deep-rooted, historical and remarkable bonds and hailed the Iraqi government and people’s hospitality towards Iranians during Arba’een commemoration, which marks the 40th day since the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

**Dey (Dec 22-Jan 20)

December 31 – Iran’s Supreme Leader receives secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement 

The leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei received Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement Ziad al-Nakhala and his accompanying delegation in Tehran. Iran’s Leader insisted during a meeting with Mr. Ziad al-Nakhala that Palestine will last strongly, and by God’s assistant, the Palestinian nation’s ultimate victory will come true in the near future

**Esfand (Feb 20-March 20)

February 27 – Ayatollah Khamenei receives Armenian prime minister

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined the need for Iran and Armenia to put the goal of achieving ever-growing friendship and cooperation on their agenda to serve the interests of the two countries.

February 26 – Ayatollah Khamenei receives Bashar al-Assad 

Ayatollah Khamenei met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran. During the meeting, the Supreme Leader mentioned resistance of the Syrian president and people as the main reason behind the defeat of the United States and its regional mercenaries adding that the Islamic Republic is honored to support Syria and considers it as equal to supporting the entire resistance front.