Ahmadinejad refutes criticism of his recent trip to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Summit in Doha, which ended in a communiqué supporting the United Arab Emirates’ territorial claims against Iran: “There are those who criticize just about anything, even the sun, despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with the sun.”
Former president Khatami delivered a speech before 5,000 students at the University of Tehran on the occasion of the Day of Student. Some students chanted “Death to the dictator,” but most chanted “Long Live Khatami.”
Khatami said: “The religious traditionalist and the anti-religious thinkers both agree that religion is irreconcilable with freedom… But tradition alone can’t mobilize the young population and anti-religious thought alienates the majority.”
Ahmadinejad to become a “Hajji,” planning pilgrimage to Mecca.
Sixty non-Iranian theological students celebrate their marriage in the holy Shi’ite city of Qom.
RAJA reports of crack down against “communist cells at universities in Iran.”
Said Hajjarian, Khatami’s former strategist, commenting upon suppression of Sufis in the Islamic Republic: “Suppression of the Sufis in Iran endangers Shi’a minorities in the Muslim world.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to visit to Yazd province.
Rafsanjani, commenting the controversial issue of the reasons behind the Islamic Republic’s accept of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 598 which ended military hostilities between Iran and Iraq in 1980: “Saddam thought we accepted the ceasefire because of weakness, but we did so because of our wisdom and because we wanted to avoid chemical bombardments of our towns.”
Representative of Supreme Leader Khamenei to the Revolutionary Guards: “There is no doubt about the things that Imam Khomeini has said about the [non-intervention of the] Guards [in politics in his Divine and Political Testament], but on another occasion he has stressed that the Guards should bar impermissible people from taking over the control of the regime.”