Iran calls on Muslim nations to 'stand united against America'

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo credit: Getty

Iran's supreme leader has called on Muslim nations to unite against the United States, saying Tehran would never yield to its arch foe's "bullying".

"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," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on state television on Thursday.

Iran's top authority criticised US President Donald Trump for saying some countries in the Middle East "wouldn't last a week" without US protection.

"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," Khamenei said.

Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been locked in a proxy war, competing for regional supremacy from Iraq to Syria and Lebanon to Yemen.