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Monday 8 February 2016 - 22:31
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Europe lacks independent will in face of US: Leader

Europe lacks independent will in face of US: Leader
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says European countries have no independent willin the face of the United States.

This criticism applies to Europe that contrary to the past, it has no independent will vis--vis the US, the Leader said in a meeting with visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran on Monday.

He added that the European countries should address this "weak point."

Pointing to the foreign-backedcrisis in Syria,the Leader said, "Terrorism is a contagious and very dangerous malady which canbe contained if it is seriously countered by all.However, some aredirectly or indirectlyassistingthe terrorist groups."

On Iran and Greece'sresplendent cultural and civilizationhistory, the Leader said the Greek premier's visit to Tehran "can be good beginning to increase the two countries long-term exchanges and cooperation."

Ayatollah Khamenei said Tehran and Athens have common and convergent stances andhighlightedthe "independent approach" of the Greek administration.

"I hope that you can overcome the economic problems and this trip would also serve as grounds for the promotion of the interests of both countries," the Leader said.

Tsipras said his trip to Iran is a turning point in the bilateral ties andsignals the common political resolvefor stepping up cooperation at all levels.

He added that Ayatollah Khamenei is the leader ofa proud and great nation whohas played a decisiverole in defending the causesand independence of the Iranians.

The Greek premier said the current inter-dependent nature of European countries' economiesmakesany change in the status quo very difficult, adding thata shift in the power makeup is required in the European Union to rectify the situation.

Referring to the Syrian issue, he expressed hope for positive developments in the Arab country since acts of terrorism havedisplaced countless Syrians andtriggered an influx of refugees into European states, including Greece.

By Press TV
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