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Larijani: Iran's doctrine is to ensure lasting regional stability

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 6, IRNA
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Ensuring a lasting regional stability is the doctrine of Iran's foreign policy, said Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani here Sunday.

Addressing domestic and foreign reporters at a press conference, Larijani said "Sustainable stability will not be established either by the presence of foreign forces (in the region), meddling schemes such as the 'Greater Middle East Plan,' deployment of (military) forces or occupation."
The SNSC secretary argued it has become clear that sending military forces to Iraq could not bring peace and security for that country.

"Americans failed to provide security in Iraq. They said they wanted to build a tower of democracy in Iraq but the result was building of the Abu Ghraib prison," Larijani said.

Noting that the occupation forces were only seeking "dominance over oil and gas resources of the region," Larijani said regional security and stability would only be provided by the regional governments.

"The US is the cause of all regional conflicts," said the SNSC secretary, adding that Tehran was informed that US ambassador to Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, had separate sessions with a number of Iraqi terrorist groups calling on them to help the US by shifting the direction of their struggles towards Iran and Iraqi Shi'ites.

"In order to restore peace and security to the region, they should stop offering such disgraceful theories which will bring the region closer to its boiling point," Larijani warned.

He stressed that occupiers and aggressors should notice that the vigilant people of the region can determine their own destiny and have no need to the plans made by foreigners.

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