This week’s Friday prayers had to see some special changes in line with recent developments in Iran-US relations.
First, the pre-sermon speaker Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi, Member of the Expediency Discernment Council and consultant to the IRGC commandership, reacted to the audience’s "Down to USA” shouts.
Harandi who was pointing to the US Secretary of State as not having kept his word for recognizing Iran’s right to the enrichment of uranium was to answer the audience’s shouts of "Down with USA” by saying "Did I shout any slogan for you to answer me?”
The Friday sermon also attracted quite a lot of attention by the press for calling Iran and the US to cooperate in removing the sanctions that are laid on Iran.
Kazem Seddiqi said "Let the Americans join hands with Iran so that sanctions are broken, because words are not enough and we are waiting for affirmative action.”
Stressing that "Islam is a religion for peace and symbiosis”, Sediqi added "From religious commands and verses of the Quran we understand that as long as the enemy does not lay problems on our way we can make peaceful contracts and relations with them, even in terms of defense.”