Iran: Israeli regime will not last

Israel Materials 13 June 2008 11:10 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says that the Israeli regime will fall as the very foundation of the regime lacks legitimacy, reported PressTV.

"We feel that this process will not last. Today more than ever this regime has an absence of legitimacy. It is like apartheid in South Africa," Mottaki told France 24 in an interview on Thursday in Paris.

"We do believe that within the framework of a democratic process and logical process on the basis of the will of the people in the region, the regime desired by the people should be set up," he said, replying a question on why Iranian leaders call on Muslims to wipe Israel off the map.

"This philosophy is totally wrong to think that this land without people and people without land is the basis and foundation of the Israeli government," the Iranian minister added.

Mottaki also said Middle Eastern countries have a better knowledge of international crises facing the region.

"What Iran says should be understood properly and clearly. We are in a region where there are many international crises underway. The countries in this area have a better knowledge of such regional crises. Our view on Lebanon and the situation in Iraq and the situation in Afghanistan are based on reality."

Mottaki, who attended a daylong conference on Afghanistan in France, further expressed Iran's full support of the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, and all Afghan institutions. He also mentioned a desire to provide assistance for the reconstruction of the war-shattered country.

He maintained that NATO has failed in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, saying that an international decision by the UN and led by regional countries could have had helped the country return to a normal situation over the past few years.

The Iranian official added problems that do exist in Afghanistan like a lack of security and safety, as well as a spread of drug trafficking and other economic woes, continue.

The country is less safe in 2008 when compared to 2007, as evidenced by an increase in the production of narcotics and drugs by thirty times in Afghanistan, Mottaki stressed.