TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described the US decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the Israeli regime’s capital as a sign of weakness and incompetence, warning that the Zionists would be dealt a severe blow if such a move is taken.

The decision by the enemies of Islam to recognize the Palestinian city of al-Quds as the capital of the Zionist regime of Israel results from impotence and frustration, Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with top Iranian officials, ambassadors of Islamic countries to Iran, and participants in a conference on Muslim unity, held in Tehran on Wednesday.

The gathering was held to mark the birth anniversaries of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Imam Jafar Sadeq (AS), the sixth Imam of Shiites.

“The Islamic world will definitely stand against this plot and the Zionists will receive a bigger blow in that case (if Quds is announced as the capital of occupied Palestine),” Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

“Dear Palestine will be undoubtedly liberated at last,” the Leader added, stressing that the issue of Palestine is the paramount political subject in the Muslim world.

Imam Khamenei then likened the US, Zionist regime of Israel, reactionary regimes and those affiliated with world powers as “Pharaohs of today’s world”, saying they seek to foment division and wars within the Muslim community.

The enemies’ ultimate objective behind the creation of Takfiri terrorist groups was to wage a war between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, the Leader underscored, saying, however, that such a religious war will never break out.

As regards hawkish comments by certain regional countries and their cooperation with the US, Ayatollah Khamenei made it clear that Iran has no intention of looking for rifts with Muslim governments.

Iran uses the “language of advice” in dealing with those following the US policies in the region and would not intend to respond to certain ignorant remarks, the Leader added, warning the followers of “global tyranny” against serving the world oppressors.

Ayatollah Khamenei also reiterated the call for Muslim unity and resistance in countering the bullies.

The meeting came a day after the opening of the 31st International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran. More than 500 officials, clerics, scholars and intellectuals from Muslim countries have attended the three-day event to discuss the problems the Islamic nations are facing.