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Saddam fate, a lesson for dictators: Ahmadinejad

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Ahvaz, Khuzestan Prov, Jan 2, IRNA
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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Tuesday that fate of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was a lesson for all dictators of the world.

Ahmadinejad, who arrived in the southwestern Khuzestan province Tuesday morning on a four-day visit along with his cabinet ministers, made the remark while addressing enthusiastic people of Ahvaz city.

"The Iranian people and all free nations in the world are happy with execution of a criminal. Rulers who stand against their nation and are at service of bullying powers will face similar fate," he said.

He added, "Iran is proponent of peace and security in the region thanks to wisdom of the Iranian nation and resistance of Khuzestan people to Iraqi invasion in 1980.

"Iranians think of a fair peace and security for all nations particularly those in the Middle East region.

"Iran's security and strength will be in favor of regional tranquility and stability. Iran is not a threat to any country in the region."
The president called on all regional countries to help Iran and not let enemies orchestrate hostility and cause turmoil in the region.

Referring to current insecure situation in Iraq, he said, "Those who imposed an eight-year war on Iran intend to obtain their goals through causing discord in the region."

He termed as "brave and faithful" the Iraqi people, saying, "The nation has suffered dictatorship of the Iraqi former regime for over two decades.

"Today, they suffer dictatorship of occupiers who think of causing disunity and discord among Iraqi nation."

Ahmadinejad urged occupiers to speed up withdrawal from Iraq and said, "Occupiers intend to use Saddam's execution as a tool to escalate sectarian violence in Iraq.

"The message of the Iranian people for regional nations is that a sustainable peace and security will be achieved by the governments in the region themselves."

He added, "Today, our enemies who could not reach their goals in their eight-year imposed war, are against development and progress of Iranians in disguise of advocating human rights and opposing with nuclear weapons."

The president's current visit to the oil-rich province is his 24th to various provinces of the country since the start of his initiative of bringing the government closer to the people.

Khuzestan province has a population of 4.168 million people.

Provinces that have already been visited by President Ahmadinejad and his cabinet include South Khorasan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Ilam, Qom, Hormuzgan, Bushehr, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, Lorestan, Golestan, Kohgilouyeh and Boyer Ahmad, Khorassan Razavi, Zanjan, Markazi, Qazvin, Hamedan, East Azarbaijan, Tehran, North Khorassan, Kordestan, West Azarbaijan and Ardebil, Mazandaran and Kermanshah.

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