No obstacle to Iran-UAE ties: Ahmadi-Nejad
United Arab Emirates-Iran, Politics, 5/15/2007
Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad said yesterday Iran and the United Arab Emirates face no obstacle and restriction in expansion of bilateral ties.
President Ahmadi-Nejad, who arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday to hold talks with UAE officials on issues of mutual interest, made the remark while addressing a press conference.
Expressing his satisfaction with the current level of Iran-UAE bilateral cooperation, he said his visit will open a new chapter in deep-rooted relations between the two nations.
He added, "both governments and nations are determined to further expand and deepen relations." Asked about disputes over the three islands in the Persian Gulf (Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs), the president said enemies of regional states raise certain issues while there is no conflict between the two friend countries. Certain media are willing to make artificial problems, he added.
He also said "said on Sunday that the enemies are trying to provoke dissension among nations of the region in a bid to dominate their wealth."
Ahmadi-Nejad told a large gathering of Iranian living in the city that the nations in the Persian Gulf region are on brotherly and friendly terms and enjoy common values, culture and history. He added that these nations had long lived together in peace and calm before the domineering and corrupt powers entered the region and brought about insecurity, war and bloodshed.
Underscoring that the nations of the region will no longer tolerate the oppressive policy of these powers, he said the era of their plots has come to an end and their control over the Persian Gulf has halted.
He said that the unity and cooperation among the nations and governments of the region will leave no place for those powers to remain in the region, adding that the regional countries are able to safeguard their own security.
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