Arab uprisings sign of `Islamic awakening`: Khamenei

Iran says the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia are a sign of "Islamic awareness" in the region.

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 17:33 PM IST

Tehran: A wave of uprisings in Arab countries
is a sign of an "Islamic awakening" which was envisaged when
the 1979 Iranian revolution took place, Iran`s supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday.

"Today`s events in North Africa, Egypt and Tunisia and
some other countries have different meanings for us,"
Khamenei, the commander-in-chief and spiritual guide of Iran,
said in a sermon at Tehran university during the Muslim weekly
prayers.

"This is what was always talked about as the occurrence
of Islamic awakening at the time of the Islamic revolution of
the great Iranian nation and is showing itself today."

Khamenei`s remarks were received by cheering crowds of
worshippers who, raising their hands, chanted "Death to
America! Death to Israel!"

The sermon marked the first time in seven months that
Khamenei has addressed the weekly Friday prayers and came as
protesters were massing in Egypt for sweeping "departure day"
demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit.

Top Iranian officials have backed the revolt in Egypt and
have warned Tehran`s arch-foe Washington against "interfering"
in the what they say is a movement of the people.

PTI