In a sharp break with the Conference's tradition, the mullahs pleaded with the OIC summit to refer in the declaration to Ali Khamenei, the regime's leader, before mentioning Khatami's name. International news agencies reported that the action aroused long and heated debate.
A court in Berlin last April implicated Khamenei as one of the masterminds of assassinations of dissidents abroad.
In his final remarks to the summit, Khatami praised Khamenei's inauguration speech, confirming that the clerical regime's factions are no different in exporting terrorism and fundamentalism. Before Khatami, the regime's deputy foreign minister told CNN television network that speeches of Khatami and Khamenei were essentially of the same content.
In his speech, Khamenei accused many of the Muslim and Arab countries of "misconception, opportunism and apathy." He said that these countries "have paved the enemy's victory due to their complacency and selfishness."
Under the pretext of "Islamic Unity," Khamenei called for the formation of a fundamentalist front from Indonesia to Morocco, the main goal of which would be enmity to peace and western civilization and establishment of "a global Islamic Caliphate." Khamenei promised that "the present civilization of the West" will be annihilated.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 12, 1997