Ayatollah Khamenei

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Ahmadinejad administration to focus more on post-Islamic Iran and less on the pre-Islamic era of the country.

On Monday Ayatollah Khamenei’s website reported on the meeting between the leader and the president and his cabinet.

Ahmadinejad chief of staff has been especially criticized by the conservative elite for laying greater stress on Iranian history prior to Islam and accused of heading a “deviant current” aimed at derailing the Islamic Republic.

According to the reports Ayatollah Khamenei laid stress on cultural issues saying: “In the issue of culture including books, art, art organizations, we must relentlessly maintain the Revolutionary and Islamic direction.”

Ayatollah Khamenei also urged the government to refrain from digressing into disputes. In the past months, Ahmadinejad administration fell into several disputes with the parliament and was accused of failing to heed parliamentary legislation.

Ayatollah Khamenei called for amicable relations amongst government bodies and called on Ahmadinejad administration to refrain from “conflict and retaliation” in the face of criticism.