Liberalism a thing of the past: Ahmadinejad

Iran Materials 15 January 2007 15:48 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Monday that liberalism as a doctrine of governments has come to an end.

President Ahmadinejad, who arrived in Quito, Ecuador, Sunday night on the last leg of a three-nation Latin American tour, made the remarks during a meeting with his Ecuadorian counterpart, Rafael Correa.

"We should get ready for changes and developments that lie ahead.

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"Bullying by dictatorial regimes is coming to an end. In no place is this more apparent than in the Middle East region," he said.

He congratulated Correa for his recent election as Ecuador's president, saying his election "is one of the many (important) developments that have taken place in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East."

Saying Latin American states have a special place in Iranian foreign relations, he pointed out that this special relationship stems from the fact that "Iranians support independent and pioneering peoples, including the Ecuadorian nation."

Ahmadinejad, briefly describing Iran's achievements in the scientific, industrial, agricultural, petrochemical and technological fields, offered Iranian assistance to Ecuador for developing the country and for bolstering multilateral cooperation in the region.

He said cooperation between the two countreis will be directed towards implementing justice, peace and human values.

We do not recognize imposed relations but will respect ties based on friendship," he said.

He stressed that notwithstanding opposition from bullying powers, Iran will strengthen its cooperation with Ecuador, and expressed confidence the two sides will take major strides toward this end.

Correa, for his part, said the Ecuadorian government was opposed to neo-liberalism which, he said, was merely a pursuit of economic advantages, adding Quito seeks genuine cooperation with states that are determined to fight this doctrine.

He voiced his country's readiness to boost relations and cooperation with Iran in the cultural, economic and trade fields.

Cooperation between the two countries will focus on consolidation of friendship rather than competition, he said, adding that the rich Iranian civilization will be the foundation for Tehran-Quito cooperation.

The Ecuadorian president said his country intends to diversify its foreign trade, adding that Iran will have a special place in Ecuadorian foreign policy.

The two presidents also agreed to follow up plans leading to inauguration of the two states' embassies in their respective capitals.

President Ahmadinejad arrived in this Latin American state Sunday evening accompanied by a high-ranking delegation that includes Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

His visit is the final leg of a tri-nation tour of Latin America that has already brought him to Venezuela and Nicaragua for talks with their presidents -- Hugo Chavez and Daniel Ortega, respectively.