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Iranian dailies blast PGCC latest gesture vis-a-vis Iran

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA-Two Iranian dailies published in Tehran strongly criticized the latest gesture made by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on Iran urging the small Arab states to try to promote unity instead of creating tension and division within the Islamic world.

Referring to the comments of the PGCC Secretary General Abdulrahman al-Attiyah during the body's 26th summit in the UAE, 'Tehran Times' wrote that the body should "change its political outlook and adopt a new attitude in order to help solve major regional problems.

During the summit's opening session in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, al-Attiyah expressed concern over the nature of Iran's nuclear activities and called for disarmament of the regional countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Referring to the support of the small Arab states of the Persian Gulf region during Saddam Hussein's eight-year imposed war against Iran and Tehran's friendly attitude towards them, the editorial said the Arab littoral states of the Persian Gulf should begin to cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Iran as "Unreasonable slogans can never foster unity and solidarity among the littoral states of the Persian Gulf."

The daily also criticized the PGCC for turning a blind eye regarding the nuclear arsenal of the Zionist Regime of Israel.

"With over 400 nuclear warheads in its possession, the Zionist regime really threatens all Islamic countries from Indonesia to Morocco and Algeria," said the paper complaining the PGCC secretary general for not mentioning the serious threat of the Zionist regime.

"Al-Attiyah was expected to express concern over the existence of nine military nuclear facilities in Israel, which are currently producing neutron bombs, rather than over the peaceful nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the paper argued.

It stressed that the Persian Gulf littoral states were better to promote their relation and cooperation with Iran instead of creating further distrust and division in the region.

"This is especially important since, in the post-9/11 world, the United States and other Western countries no longer trust Arab countries, and also because no country can count on the support of the U.S. and its Western allies," Tehran Times stressed.

Meanwhile, another English-language paper commenting on the same subject warned the PGCC to "stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iran."

'Iran News' stressed that thumbing their nose into Iran's business would be counterproductive to their own interests.

It urged the Persian gulf littoral states to work actively to end the American-led occupation of Iraq, especially now that even many in the US have been forced to admit the invasion of Iraq was wrong an illegal.

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