Ahmadinejad: Iran's power lies in its message
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the 'cultural message' Iran is sending out to the world is what gives the Islamic Republic its global power, Press TV reported.
"We believe our foreign policy is effective because of its cultural roots. We are not an economic power ... what we have however is our cultural power which touches people's souls, affects them and shifts world public opinion in our favor," Ahmadinejad said during a Monday radio interview.
He added that the message of the Islamic Revolution had already reached the far corners of the world, changing the way people view social issues.
Ahmadinejad said Iran has no intention of dominating other parts of the world, pointing out that its goal is to send out a message of justice and friendship.
The Iranian president said the effects of the Islamic Revolution were evident in the discontent Westerners were showing toward the capitalist system governing their countries.
Ahmadinejad also said that was why Western regimes had to deceive their people to maintain control over them.