Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised the US during a speech at a ceremony celebrating the birthday of Lady Fatima Zahra, an important figure in Shia Islam, in Tehran on Thursday. «The US government, who is an agent for sedition and corruption, asks 'Why are you present in the region?' Well, do we have to ask for your permission to be present in our region? We should talk with... Еще regional governments about that, why should we talk to you?» Khamenei said to the crowds. Khamenei also slammed Europe with similar criticisms saying: «They say that they want to negotiate with Iran over its presence in the region. It's none of your business. Why are you here?» The speech came shortly after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's visit to Tehran in which the FM expressed concerns over regional presence and ballistic programme.