Iran’s Supreme Leader has called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States.
In an address, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also blasted the US, insisting that Tehran would never yield to ‘bullying attempts’.
His comments come after President Donald Trump said that some countries in the Middle East ‘wouldn’t last a week’ without US protection.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured) has urged Muslim nations to unite against the United States
Addressing ‘bullying’ from the US, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: ‘The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist.
‘All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies.’
The supreme leader of Iran also criticised other Muslim countries for being in conflict with one another, state television reported.
His comments come after US President Donald Trump (pictured) said some countries ‘wouldn’t last a week’ without US protection
Discussing Donald Trump’s comments and other Muslim nations, he said: ‘Such remarks are humiliation for Muslims.
‘Unfortunately there is war in our region between Muslim countries.
‘The backward governments of some Muslim countries are fighting with other countries.’
Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been locked in a proxy war, competing for regional supremacy from Iraq to Syria and Lebanon to Yemen.
Tension between Trump and Iran comes as western leaders try to persuade the US President to maintain an existing nuclear deal with the Islamic country.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been visiting the US this week to try and persuade Donald Trump to maintain a nuclear deal with Iran
In 2015, the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany made a deal with Iran that saw it agree to freeze its nuclear program in return for the lifting of punishing international sanctions.
However, Trump is a fierce critic of the deal and has branded it ‘insane’ and the ‘worst deal in history’ in the past.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the US this week and said that Trump may well pull out of the Iran nuclear deal for domestic political reasons.
Near the end of his three-day state visit, Macron told US media that while he did not know specifically what Trump will decide, he believes the US leader ‘will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons.’
‘I have no inside information’ on what decision Trump will make on the agreement, Macron told journalists.
‘I listen to what President Trump is saying and it seems to me that he is not very eager to defend it.’