Increased Support for Allies

Increased Support for AlliesIncreased Support for Allies

The July 14 nuclear deal with major powers will enable Iran to step up support for its allies in the region, an advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said.

"The nuclear agreement will boost the power of the Islamic Republic of Iran to provide backing for its regional friends," Ali Akbar Velayati said in a speech at the 6th General Assembly of the AhlulBayt World Assembly in Tehran on Saturday.

The accord reached with the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) last month in Vienna will place temporary limits on Tehran's nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Velayati rejected the idea of labeling conflicts in the region as sectarian, saying it is the regional totalitarian governments which are to blame for such conflicts, ISNA reported.

"The Middle East has been suffering from a chronic and underlying crisis: the lack of a domestic model of democracy due to the rule of totalitarian governments under various titles such as monarchy or republic, which have denied people any amount of freedom."

The "obvious" demand of regional peoples for democracy based on "Islamic teachings" and "eastern culture" has met strong opposition from the ruling systems that see such a demand and the resulting developments in conflict with their interests, he added.