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Ahmadinejad: Powerful Iran, best friend for neighbors

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New York, Sept 17, IRNA
Iran-Bahrain-Meet
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Friday stressed that a powerful Iran is the best friend for the neighboring states.

He made the remark in a meeting with Bahraini Crown Prince Sheikh Salman Ben Hamd Ben Issa Al Khalifa on the sidelines of the 60th regular session of the UN General Assembly.

He said the Persian Gulf nations are a united nation underlining the importance of concluding joint security agreements for the region.

The Iranian president called on Iraqi neighbors to support an Iraqi broad-based government and said, "Iraq, after fall of Saddam Hussein, is not considered as a threat to its neighbors and the entire region."
Tribalism in Iraq is in contradiction with Islam, he said adding, "all Iraqis including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, and Turkmen are our religious brothers".

Cooperation among regional states would lead to withdrawal of foreigners from the entire region, he added.

Bahraini crown prince, for his part, expressed his country's readiness to expand mutual ties with Iran in various economic, political and cultural fields.

He invited President Ahmadinejad to visit his country and stressed establishment of constructive cooperation among Muslim states as a dire need of the Islamic world.

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