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Khamenei: Accepting 1988 Ceasefire Was Wise

Monday 21 September 2020

TEHRAN (IRNA) — The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described acceptance of the ceasefire with Iraq after eight years of war by the Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini as a wise decision.

He made the remark today during his speech delivered to a virtual conference on the occasion of Sacred Defence Week. Sacred Defence Week starts in Iran on September 21. The Week is annually celebrated nationwide in commemoration of martyrs and war veterans of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

In July 1987, the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 598 urging Iraq and Iran to accept cease-fire and hold negotiations under the auspices of the UN. In 1988, Khomeini accepted ceasefire under the Resolution 598.

Khamenei said when Khomeini decided to accept the 1988 ceasefire, he declared he “drank a cup of poison” but still it was a wise decision Imam Khomeini made at that time. Khamenei stressed Khomeini would have not take the step, had he regarded it as an unwise decision.

This statement seems to prepare public opinion for an acceptance on the part of Iran to bow to Trump, once the November 4 elections are over.


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