Iranian leader appears in public after nearly two weeks

Tehran, Iran — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed the students in person on Saturday after being hidden from the public for nearly two weeks.

Khamenei, 83, who normally speaks seated, gave a seven-minute speech at Imam Khomeini Hosseinieh, or congregation hall, in the capital of Tehran, standing up.

Khamenei called the pilgrimage of some 2 million Iranians to the Iraqi city of Karbala for the religious observance of Arbaeen a “miraculous movement”, his website reported.

Arbaeen comes 40 days after Ashura, the anniversary of Imam Hussein’s death in the 7th century at the hands of Muslim Umayyad forces in the Battle of Karbala during the tumultuous first century of Islamic history.


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