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3/5/03

Iran to be the center of international power politics in region: Rezaei

Tehran, March 4, IRNA -- Expediency Council secretary Mohsen Rezaei here Wednesday said that Iran would become the center of global power politics in the region.

"There are enormous developments taking place all around the Islamic Republic of Iran which would probably lead to its being the center of international power politics in the region within the next twenty years."

Iran would be the center on account of its geographical and strategic position," Rezaei said in a meeting with Australian Ambassador to Tehran Jeremy Roger Newman.

Rezaei termed Central Asia, the Middle East, Persian Gulf, Caucasus and Afghanistan as among major the "decisive" areas in international equations.

He moreover said that five international powers--India, China, Europe, Russia and the United States--have traditionally played active roles in global power politics in this region, but stressed that Iran will now play a pivotal role and be part of the hexagon.

Pointing to the short-term consequences of an increasingly probable attack on Iraq by the US and the United Kingdom, the secretary said: "We believe that the analysis of the situation in the region by US and British officials is similar to those of passing travelers who act without foresight and God-given direction," adding that these officials look only to immediate benefits.

"This strategic region is the core of global developments in the 21st century and can only achieve stability as well as economic and political growth if it is powered by a great country such as Iran," he stressed.

Rezaei further highlighted Iran's importance in the affairs of this sensitive Persian Gulf region which contains the world's biggest energy reserves and is a major transit point as well as Tehran's role in the events leading to the restoration of peace, albeit fragile, in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

"Iran should not be ignored in the political, economic and geographical equations of the region," he said, adding that "unfortunately, the US government is currently committing such a big mistake which could lead to its defeat."

Pointing to the Iranian Consultative Assembly's ratification of a new foreign investment law, the secretary regretted the fact that some countries, especially the United States, have placed obstacles to economic progress for Iran by preventing the entry of massive foreign investment into the country. However, he said the law now makes it easier to invest in Iran and many countries, including Australia, have positively responded.

The Australian ambassador, for his part referred to Iran's rich history and its deep-rooted civilization, and said that Australia has a deep understanding of Iran's sensitive and strategic position in the region and the world and is always mindful of this.

He pointed to Iran's progress in its program to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and stressed the favorable report issued recently by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after it inspected Iran's nuclear sites.

He said the IAEA confirmation that the activities of Iran's only nuclear power plant in southern Bushehr province are for the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes should remove the concerns of all countries, stressing that the pursuit of such an activity is an absolute right of all world countries.

Newman voiced his country's readiness to expand investment in Iran and expressed hope the negative concept a number of western countries have about Iran would be removed.

He also voiced hope investment in the country by western countries would continue to grow as they get to know better the Islamic Republic and what it stands for.

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