Here’s the latest, from the Supreme Leader’s website.
As you see, it alleges a meeting with unnamed “Iranian officials and executives.” No numbers.
To review the bidding: he was supposed to have met with all Muslim ambassadors to the Islamic Republic, but did not. He was supposed to have met with a Pakistani delegation that came to Tehran for the sole purpose of talking with him. The meeting did not happen.
We see from the Iranian news services that Ahmadi-Nezhad is being hammered as a failed president.
This is all part of the great war within the regime over the succession to Khamenei, who is either dead or presumed dead or soon to be dead or “as good as dead.”
Iran today is without an effectively functioning Supreme Leader, and may be without a living Supreme Leader.
Here’s the report from Khamenei’s blog:
Leader Receives Officials and Executives in Charge of Hajj Pilgrimage
January 16, 2007
The Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei received a group of Iranian officials and executives in charge of the hajj pilgrimage on Tuesday, January 16.
Speaking at the meeting, the Leader expressed his appreciation for the positive measures taken during the hajj season by the officials in charge of the hajj pilgrimage.
Ayatollah Khamenei told the audience that the hajj season provides a valuable opportunity for cultural activities. He stated that efforts should be made and new initiatives should be sought to propagate Islamic values among the hajj pilgrims and raise their awareness.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader of the Islamic Republic described cultural activities as the source of intellectual growth and stressed the significance of utilizing modern means of propagation in promoting Islamic and spiritual values among the hajj pilgrims.
At the beginning of the meeting, the Leader’s representative for the hajj affairs and caretaker of the Iranian hajj pilgrims Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi-Rayshahri presented a report about the great hajj congress.
Hojjatoleslam Mohammadi-Rayshahri further referred to the cultural activities carried out during the hajj season such as the holding of international seminars.
He said that the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of nuclear energy and also the victory of the Lebanese Hezbollah in the face of the Zionist regime’s aggression have increased the interest of hajj pilgrims from other countries in the Islamic Republic of Iran.