Iranian president urges Western countries to withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
Making a speech during the military parade in Tehran on Sept. 22, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called upon Western countries to withdraw international contingent from Iraq and Afghanistan, RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The Iranian President advised Western countries to help solve the problems of the Iraqi and Afghan people, and not to spend the budget on military operations in these countries
Ahmadinejad said that Iraqis and Afghans "suffer and oppose the foreign presence, and therefore, the foreigners should not expect long-term deployment in the region."
On Sept. 22, a military parade dedicated to the week "Sacred defense" began in the major cities of Iran.
The military parade is dedicated to the 28th anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).
The military parade, with the participation of the Head of the General Staff of Armed Forces, General Firuzabadi, Commander in Chief of the National Army, General Ataollah Salehi and Head of Sepah Guards Mohammad Ali Jafari, will demonstrate modern technology of Iran's National Army, Iranian Ilna news agency reported.
Each year, the date of Iraq's attack on Iran is marked as "Sacred Defense" week in this country. On this occasion, military parades are held in Tehran and other cities, demonstrating military equipment.
France-Presse Agency reported that the military parade was attended by a squadron of fighters Saegheh produced in Iran ("Clap of thunder").
Ahmadinejad said Iran's forces were just for defence, but that anybody who attacked would experience nothing but regret.