Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at an October 30, 2019 military officers’ graduation ceremony that aired on Channel 1 (Iran) that America and Western intelligence services are causing the riots in Iraq and Lebanon with the financial support of “reactionary” countries in the region.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The worst damage the enemies can cause to any country is to deny its security. You see – this is what the enemies started doing in some countries in our region. They are implementing this. They are denying security from the people of certain countries. The perpetrators of these acts of evil are known to all. In the world, the forces of arrogance – and most of all America and the Western intelligence services – are causing riots, with the financial support of some reactionary countries among our neighboring countries, countries close to us, and the countries of the region. They are destroying the security. This is the worst enmity and the most dangerous grudge held against any nation. I am using this opportunity to say to the people who care in those countries – countries that face problems like Iraq and Lebanon – that their number one priority is to deal with the lack of security.