Ahmadinejad cautions Muslims not to let enemies turn into their speakers
Tehran, June 2, IRNA
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday warned Muslim states not to let Muslims' enemies turn into their spokesmen.
"Enemies are trying to divide Muslims and sever ties among Muslim states; and one should not allow enemies of Muslim world become spokespersons of Muslim countries in line with their divisive objectives," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu here on Friday.
Ahmadinejad said general conditions in the world are changing in favor of the world of Islam and good management is needed to expedite the trend.
He said, "Muslim world's progress would serve peace and security for all human beings and in fact, durable peace and calm is possible in light of monotheism and justice and fortunately, Islam marks climax of monotheism and justice.
The Iranian chief executive welcomed active role of the OIC in key international issues and problems related to world of Islam, saying effective role of the organization in the international issues would help growth of the international organizations.
One of the reasons for establishment of the Organization of the Islamic Conference had been helping restore rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation and today too, destiny of Muslim Ummah is linked with the issue of Palestine, said Ahmadinejad, adding that fair settlement of the Palestinian problem and full restoration of the Palestinians' rights will not only change regional conditions but will also help the world of Islam regain its real status.
He criticized the world of Islam for being passive towards the Palestinian issue over the past 40 years and said after formation of the Islamic resistance the Palestinian people have been witnessing smooth change of conditions in favor of the Palestinian people and Muslims.
"Today, presence of the artificial Zionist regime, which was established in the region to pose a constant threat to Muslims, has not only any benefit for its supporters but has also turned into a costly and worn-out being with its philosophy of existence being under question," he added.
The best solution to the Palestinian problem is holding a referendum to decide the type of the Palestinian government and fate of the Palestinian nation, said Ahmadinejad, noting that Muslim world should guide and mobilize its political powers in that direction.
He said a few Western states are trying to deprive the Iranian nation of its right to achieve peaceful nuclear technology.
"We have taken our measures based on the International Atomic Energy Agency regulations and have had maximum amount of cooperation with it; and there is no sign and reason to indicate our
non-cooperativeness with the Agency.
"Unfortunately, certain parties that have stockpiles full of nuclear arms and have not either signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, are now in a position to decide and want to deprive us of our absolute rights.
He questioned, "If acquiring nuclear energy is not good, no country should benefit from it. Several Western states are opposing Iran's absolute rights not because of their concern over nuclear arms as they claim, rather because of Iran's access to the technology, which means the door being open for all the world's independent states to acquire the sophisticated technology, especially empowerment of the world Muslim states in light of Iran's success, and presentation of a successful model to the independent states in that respect.
" He said a few states and Western media are trying to raise horror and intimidation among the neighboring states against Iran's peaceful nuclear program.
"Their double-standards are clear in that respect, because the project for establishment of Bushehr nuclear power plant started before victory of the Islamic Revolution by themselves and even the deal for its nuclear fuel production inside Iran was also concluded; and now we have the documents for nuclear cooperation of several western states, especially the US, with the former dictatorial regime of Shah and it is interesting that they have today claimed to have been concerned of the issue.
He said the Iranian nation and government are standing firm to acquire peaceful nuclear energy and benefit from their absolute rights.
"A few western states' pressures to make us give up our rights will be vain and today, a good opportunity is available for closer ties among Muslim states," he added.
He thanked the OIC officials for their support and the Secretary-General for his efforts to reorganize and activate the Organization.
Ihsanoglu for his part hailed Iran for its leading role in the OIC and said support for Iran's absolute right for acquiring peaceful nuclear technology has been among the most fundamental principles and duties of the Organization. "And we are ready to do all we can in that direction," he added.
Among other measures the OIC has been adopting currently are following up the Palestinian and Iraqi issues and supporting the rights of Muslim minorities in other world states, including the Philippines and Somalia.
Moreover, he said, measures have been adopted to further activate the OIC under a 10-year program and reorganize the universal body. .
Many heads of state condole Ahmadinejad on demise of his father
Tehran, June 2, IRNA
Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said in a message of condolence to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday expressed his sympathy over the demise of his father and prayed to God Almighty to give him and members of his family patience.
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika also in a message to his Iranian counterpart offered condolences on the demise of his beloved father on behalf of himself as well as the Algerian people and government.
In his message, President Bouteflika further prayed to the Lord to bless Ahmadinejad's father.
Besides, Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in separate messages to Ahmadinejad condoled him on the loss of his father and wished that God Almighty will bless his soul.
The president's father, the late Ahmad Ahmadinejad, passed away in Tehran's Shahid Chamran Hospital on Monday at the age of 82. He was suffering from cardiovascular disorders.
Another message of condolence from the head of the International Center for Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations, Seyed Mohammad Khatami, who is currently in Kuwait, sincerely expressed his deep grief on the occasion.
Ahmadinejad meets Imam's wife, other members of household
Tehran, June 2, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here on Friday evening met the wife and other family members of the late Father of the Islamic Revolution, the late Imam Khomeini.
The meeting, which was held at the late Imam's house, was in anticipation of the 17th anniversary of the demise of the late founder.
Praising the personality of the late Imam, the president said the Father of the Islamic Revolution was a true example of piety, justice, courtesy and affection.
During the meeting, which was also attended by family members of the president, the Imam's wife offered her condolences to President Ahmadinejad on the demise of his father and asked God Almighty to bless his soul.
The president's father, the late Ahmad Ahmadinejad, passed away in Tehran's Shahid Chamran Hospital on Monday at the age of 82. He had been suffering from cardiovascular disorders.
The Imam's wife further appreciated the efforts of the government to realize the aspirations of the late Imam Khomeini.
President stresses expansion of ties with Riyadh
Tehran, June 2, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Saturday stressed the importance of bolstering ties and consultations with Saudi Arabia on issues affecting the Islamic world.
President Ahmadinejad, in a telephone conversation with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, discussed latest developments in the Islamic world and the region.
King Abdullah, who praised the "friendly" and "increasing" ties of his country with Iran, called for increased cooperation and consultations by the two sides to help resolve issues affecting the Islamic world as well as reinforce security and stability in the region.
He expressed hope relations between Tehran and Riyadh would receive a further boost considering their great potentials.
The Saudi king took the occasion to express his condolences to President Ahmadinejad for the demise of his father.
The Iranian president's father passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 82 due to heart failure.