TEHRAN – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has urged its country’s judiciary to recognise and internationally express support for Kashmiris who are fighting against Indian oppression in the occupied territory.

He said during a meeting with government heads and officials belonging to the judicial system.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted Khamenei as saying, “It is highly important that Iran’s judiciary officials comment on international legal issues after closely examining them.”

“Regarding its legal position, Iran’s judiciary should enter international issues such as the sanctions, US confiscations of property, terrorism, the support for oppressed personalities like Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky [Nigerian Shia leader] or Muslims of Myanmar and Kashmir, and should express its firm support or opposition in order to be reflected globally,” Khamenei said.

This is not the first time the Iranian leader has spoken in support of the oppressed Kashmiris. On Eidul Fitr last month, he reportedly mentioned Kashmir, equating the situation in the disputed region with that of Yemen and Bahrain as requiring the support of “all Muslim nations”.

“Everyone should openly support people of Yemen, Bahrain, and Kashmir: Ayatollah Khamenei,” read one of his official websites on June 26.

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