Enemies have failed in efforts to cause split among Muslims: Iran's president

Iran Materials 22 January 2007 13:26 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that enemies of the Islamic world have met with disappointment in their attempts to cause divisions among the Islamic ummah and create discord among Islamic states on foreign instigation.

Ahmadinejad's remarks were made in a meeting with the visiting Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, who arrived in Tehran Sunday heading a high-ranking delegation for bilateral talks with senior Iranian officials.

He urged Islamic states and nations to make known to the world the conspiracies of the US and its allies, particularly the Zionist state, and to strengthen their unity and coherence in order to thwart these conspiracies which, he said, are intended to achieve certain objectives, reports Trend.

Referring to the failure of US hegemonic policies in the region in recent years, he said the US has no constructive plan or strategy for resolving problems in the region.

He said US efforts in the region are directed at achieving its arrogant goals and interests by "creating discord and focusing on differences as well as creating destruction."

The president further stressed the need for countries in the region to strive for peaceful coexistence.

Only cooperation, he said, will restore security and tranquility to the region at the earliest, saying "Islamic states should cooperate to address regional problems such as Lebanon's

reconstruction, establishment of an independent Palestinian government and ending the violence in Iraq."

Ahmadinejad, turning to the subject of Iran's peaceful nuclear program, said Iran was determined to pursue its policy in this regard, saying the Iranian government and nation are determined to pursue peaceful nuclear energy and will not be deterred by efforts of the US and its allies to thwart its goals.

"Iran's valuable progress and achievements in various areas including the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes will be for the use of all friendly nations in the region," he declared.

The Qatari minister, during the meeting, submitted a written message from his country's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, for Ahmadinejad.

The minister voiced concern over the current situation in the region and condemned moves by certain states to cause divisions among Muslims.

Bullying states are trying to cause discord among Muslims to make them vulnerable to their plots and conspiracies, he said, and urged Islamic nations to thwart such plots.

He said the US Administration has failed in the region and that the occupiers have not achieved their hegemonic goals because of the vigilance of regional nations.

He said his country attaches great significance to its ties with its friend, Iran.

He believes the UN Security Council resolution passed against Iran through pressure from the US and other Western states would not achieve the desired goal, saying Qatar will continue to support Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear energy.

The Qatari minister also called for expansion of cooperation among Islamic countries to resolve the Palestinian problem and for reconstruction of Lebanon.