The joint graduation ceremony for the cadets studying in the academies of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces, was held Monday by way of a videoconference between Imam Khamenei - the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces - and the commanders and certain military units who were present in the event.
The event was held at Imam Ali (AS) Officer’s Academy with only a number of the exemplary units from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army, Guard Corps and Police in attendance due to special conditions caused by the prevalence of COVID-19.
Following are excerpts of the statements Imam Khamenei made in his speech in this ceremony, according to khamenei.ir:
"Studying in the academies of our Armed Forces is one of the most noble and valuable acts. Why? Because the Armed Forces ensure the country’s security. Security is a vital element. Without it, all other important values such as education, justice, welfare and the like are disrupted.
"In addition to ensuring security, our Armed Forces carry out other important tasks in serving the nation, both infrastructural and in the health services. In the case of COVID-19, the Armed Forces have truly come forward.
"The three pillars of Iran’s National Strength: 1) Economic stability; 2) Cultural consolidation and consistency; 3) Defense power. If nations do not have defense power, aggressors like the U.S. and others won’t leave them at ease. You can see how today some countries are attacked.
"At times enemy conceals its military threat to take by surprise, at times it exaggerates its threat 10x over to scare its target. One should see a threat in its true size. We must also identify and strengthen our own potentials. (“Prepare against them what force you can,”) the Quran 8:60.
"These American thugs and prattlers who talk recklessly and illogically, spread propaganda about our missile facilities and regional capabilities that are in progress with precise calculations. This propaganda and commotion stem from their backwardness in rational thinking."
"We have economic problems that are all resolvable. The remedy to these problems is relying on domestic production and removing loopholes such as smuggling, reckless imports, and financial corruption. These loopholes prevent the efforts made from achieving the desired results."