As two million Muslim pilgrims flooded Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, a speech said to have been written by Iranian spiritual leader Khamanai was delivered by his representative for Hajj affairs, Muhammad Reyshahri.
The speech – one of the Hajj’s first events – spoke of “the mercenary government of Israel” and the “satanic policies of international Zionism,” as well as targeting the U.S.
The speech was made by an Iranian official in Arabic in Saudi Arabia, which is considered an American ally.
Click below for excerpts from a rally of Iranian pilgrims in Mecca, aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV, and on Al-‘Alam TV, on January 9, 2006.
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