Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States of generating instability in the Middle East and said Iran only helped nations that requested it, during a wide-ranging speech to pilgrims in Mashhad on Wednesday.
Speaking on the day a suicide blast killed at least 26 in Kabul, “It’s been fourteen years since the United States arrived in Afghanistan, since they amassed there. Do you have security in Afghanistan?”
The Supreme Leader said Iran did not interfere in the affairs of other nations in the region, and only “assisted governments and people of the region who asked us.”
“We wanted to help in order to help,” Khamenei added.
“Without a doubt, on the issues of the region, the United States will not reach their destination and we will be able to realise our purposes,” the Supreme Leader said.
During the speech Khamenei also said US claims of defeating the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) were lies, before adding that US policy had effectively created IS.
The day before, during his annual speech for the Iranian New Year, Khamenei said Iran had “defused” the threat of IS in the region.