Dismissing negotiations with the US, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said their aim is to undermine Iran's presence in the region
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic republic to stand its ground against Washington's tactics in the region's conflicts.
In an address on Sunday to commanders of the elite Republican Guards force, Khamenei asked all Iranians to resist American pressure to negotiate on regional issues.
"The Americans insist we negotiate with them on regional issues, especially on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in his speech published on his official website.
Khamenei strongly dismissed talks with Washington on the current crises in the region. He said these were attempts to undermine Iran's presence in the region.
"What is their main goal for requesting these talks? They have no aim but to prevent the presence in the region of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the main factor of America's failures," said Khamenei.
Khamenei stressed that military power and intimidation were the most effective means to keep such foreign threats at bay.
"In past years, some officials have said the removal of military threat and war were due to certain measures, but it's not true," he said.
"The sole factor of removing military threats has been and will remain military and defence power and the creation of fear in the enemy."
Major generals Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Revolutionary Guards chief, and Qassem Suleimani, head of its foreign operations wing, the Quds Force, were among hundreds of members who attended the speech.
(WION with inputs from agencies)