Tehran, Sept 22, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday a powerful Iran is the best friend for and supporter of the neighboring and regional states.
Ahmadinejad made the remark while addressing a ceremony to mark the Sacred Defence Week, started here Thursday morning in the premises of the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
"We want dignity and greatness for all human beings," Ahmadinejad said.
"Iran is at the service of peace and progress of regional states. Our nation wants nothing but happiness and prosperity for others and we do not seek our authority in opposition to the interests of neighbors.
"We stretch our hands of friendship to all. The Iranian nation is very powerful in defending its territorial integrity, independence and national interests," he added.
He said during the Sacred Defense years, the enemies used all their military, political and economic potentials to break down the resolve of the Iranians but this nation foiled all these conspiracies and passed through these tests successfully making the enemies feel embarrassed and humiliated.
The president said the Iranian nation has been the vanguard of justice, spirituality, peace and tranquility in the world.
Unity, solidarity and reliance on religion, spirituality, innate potentials and the Iranian culture and civilization were the keys to Iran's victory during the Sacred Defence years.
"Today the enemies have found out the Iranian nation is really serious in defending its ideals, territorial integrity and the achievements of the Islamic Revolution and the Islamic system.
"The Iranian nation has always favored peace and tranquility for all nations as well as justice and equality in relations with them. We are after friendly ties and amity with all states.
"We want the Persian Gulf to become the gulf of friendship," said the head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
Turning to military attack on Iraq and the country's occupation, he said, "Those who have come to Iraq from a distance of thousands of kilometers and occupied this country, are responsible for the security of the Iraqi nation.
"We observe a meaningful link between the continuation of insecurity and occupation in Iraq.
"We call for the establishment of a broad-based popular government, restoration of security and cessation of occupation in Iraq so that appropriate grounds would be prepared for the country's reconstruction, progress and development."
In another part of his speech, the president stated, "We are against the presence of foreigners in the Caspian Sea. Neighboring nations can defend the security of the sea and their own interests." He praised the Iranian armed forces for the great progress they have achieved with the least facilities and called on the forces to preserve their defense readiness and promote the culture of devotion and selflessness.
After Ahmadinejad's speech, exemplary units of the Armed Forces, the Islamic Revolution's Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP) marched in uniform before the president in a show of military and defense power.
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