| 23 June 2024, Sunday |

Ayatollah Khamenei wishes success for Lebanese, Palestinian resistance movements

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has in separate messages to the leaders of Lebanese and Palestinian resistance groups wished success for Hezbollah and Hamas fighters as well as voiced his support for the Palestinian cause.

Ayatollah Khamenei thanked the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance leaders for their notes of condolence over the demise of Deputy Chief of the IRGC Quds Force Mohammad Hejazi last week.

“I received your kind and brotherly condolence message on the unfortunate demise of the mujahid, General Seyyed Mohammad Hejazi, may God be pleased with him, and I thank you for your kindness,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a message to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, on Tuesday.

The Leader said General Hejazi spent a lifetime of striving for the cause of God and passed away on that path.

“May God protect and support you, and may He preserve the blessing of your presence for Islam and Muslims,” the leader said, adding that he always prayed for Nasrallah.

In a separate message on Tuesday, the Leader thanked the head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, reassuring the Palestinian leader of Iran’s support for the nation’s cause against Israeli occupation.

“In the case of Palestine, we always sympathize and go along with our Palestinian mujahideen brothers, and we regard ourselves as being in the same trench, and we ask God Almighty for the victory of the Palestinian people,” he wrote.

“May God help you in this rewarding and honorable path,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

General Hejazi passed away on April 18 after years of suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used against Iran during the war Iraq waged on the country in the 1980s.

“This honorable martyr had been exposed to chemical agents during the Sacred Defense and had been suffering from the effects. He had also contracted the coronavirus a few months ago, from which he recovered,” IRGC spokesman Ramazan Sharif said last Monday while announcing Hejazi’s death.

General Hejazi was a veteran of the Iraqi war under former dictator Saddam Hussein on Iran, which lasted eight years. After the war, he served as the commander of Iran’s Basij volunteer force for 10 years and as the deputy commander of the IRGC for a year.

He was named the deputy commander of the IRGC Quds Force after the former prominent commander of the force, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in a US airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020. He replaced Brigadier General Esmail Qa’ani, who was appointed as the new commander of the force. PRESS