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A new page of relations opened- Ahmadinejad

posted on 15/05/2007: 754 views

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Abu Dhabi yesterday that his visit to UAE has opened a new page in the deep-rooted relations between the two countries and their people. He also said that his visit was successful in opening a vast horizon of mutual cooperation between UAE and Iran.

At a press conference held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Ahmadnejad said no one can stop Iran from pursuing its peaceful nuclear program which is completely in compliance with the regulations of International Atomic Energy Agency.

Describing his first to UAE visit as historic and successful, the Iranian leader said that cooperation between UAE and Iran in a host of areas will be strengthened. The role of the joint ministerial committee formed during his visit will playa major role in bolstering cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, economy and mutual investments, Ahmadinejad said.

"We have expressed our determination to explore more areas of cooperation between the two countries in the coming times" the Iranian president said. He explained that these include mutual investments in the fields of energy and trade.

Ahmadinejad insisted that his country will go on with the nuclear program. "We are working in compliance with the regulations and laws defined by the International Atomic Energy Agency. We are just making use of our right to possess the atomic energy" the Iranian president said. He reiterated that it is not in the capacity of the International Agency to stop Iran from possessing the nuclear technology.

Speaking on the possibility of US military strikes on Iran the Iranian President strongly warned all those who think of taking such an unwise step as military act about the drastic consequences "If they have any intention of a military attack on Iran, I tell them with all courage that the era of such practices is over. Not only US but any country in the world should not think of it any more. Iran can not be attacked. Its people are strong enough to defend their nation with capability and steadfastness." Ahmadinejad said.

"We have announced several times that our nuclear program is pursued for peaceful purposes and is completely in compliance with the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency." "We will continue the march until the end, and the situations permit us to pursue the course without making any shift in our policy" the Iranian President said.

"Those who speak about military attack should understand that their era has ended. Instead of throwing hurdles in front of the progress of the nations of world and destroying them, they should extend hands of help to the people of the region who never wanted some one to come travelling thousands of miles to protect their interests." Ahmadinejad said He said that if America ever dared an attack on Iran they will definitely regret it, because the Iranian retaliation will be very drastic.

Ahmadinejad stressed that the practices of US will not succeed in damaging the cordial relations among the countries in the region. He added that issues and problems will never hinder UAE and Iran from strengthening mutual relations between them.

Speaking on the forthcoming US-Iranian talks on Iraq, the Iranian President said that Iran has positively responded to a US invitation to discuss the security issues in Iraq, and as part of his country's commitment to the people of Iraq, Iran has accepted to hold talks with America. He pointed out that the venue and time of the discussion have not yet been decided. But it can take place in Baghdad in the presence of the Iraqi government.

Speaking on Russia's stand and its initiatives in the region, the Iranian President said that the stable policies adopted by Iran is based on bolstering friendly relations with all nations and endeavours in establishing peace and security around the world, especially in the gulf region. Thus Iran will support any initiative aimed at protecting the legitimate rights of the citizens of the region. Iran is hopeful that Russia will play a constructive role in the region.

At the same time he said that Russia should be careful as not to repeat the mistakes of others, and any proposal should be made in the best interests of the countries and the people of the region, respecting their sovereignty and rights, Ahmadinejad reminded.

Answering questions about the recent hostile statements by US, Ahmadinejad said that one should be able to differentiate between American statements and those which come from Iraq, who has respect for Iran hidden in its heart. "Americans make hostile comments whenever they fail in order to justify their defeat" Ahmadinejad said.

In order to solve the problems faced by Iraq, US administration and its allies should respect the rights and dignity of the people of Iraq, he added The Iranian President reiterated his country's commitment to establishing peace and security in the region, and said that there is no need for a foreign power to come from far to take up this responsibility. "They will not give us nothing but burden and damages", he said. "The foreigners will definitely leave the region one day and the countries of the region and their neighbourhood will remain. We have to co-exist, managing our own affairs among ourselves, and strengthening our brotherhood." Ahmadinejad said.

Answering a question about relations between Iran and Egypt, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is hopeful of reviving its historic relations with Egypt. He also said that Iran will soon begin endeavours to open its diplomatic mission in Egypt.

At the end Ahmadinejad expressed his sincere gratitude to UAE for the cordial and warm welcome and hospitality he and the accompanying delegation found from President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and other Sheikhs and officials in the country. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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