According to the information base of the Ministry of Intelligence, Hojatoleslam Ismail Khatib wrote in a message on the occasion of Holy Defense Week:
Celebrate the Holy Defense Week, which commemorates the creation of the eternal epic of the resistance of the faithful and governor of the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the blessings of the wise and prudent Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Imam Khamenei, the great family of the martyrs, the victorious veterans and martyrs, and the free thinkers, I send greetings all over the universe.
The Minister of Intelligence added in this message:
I pray to God for the success, pride and well-being of the honorable and intelligent people of our country in these blessed days, which have also coincided with the forty martyrs of Hazrat Aba Abdullah Al-Hussein.