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Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan condemn attacks against Lebanon


Dushanbe, July 27, IRNA-Heads of three regional countries, Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, on Wednesday night, at the end of their tripartite talks, strongly condemned Israel's attack against Lebanon, asking for an immediate, unconditional end to the aggressive, occupational move.

The Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov told the reporters at the joint press conference, "We are seriously concerned about the deteriorating security conditions in the Middle East, particularly more so due to Israel's attack against Lebanon that has claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians so far."

Rakhmonov added, "We hereby ask for an immediate end to those attacks, and the solving of the dispute through negotiations." He emphasized, "According to latest reports, most of the victims of Israeli attacks are the Lebanese children, youngsters, women, and elderly folks."

The Tajik President considered the death of UN officials in Israeli attacks as another blot on that usurper regime's reputation.

He said that according to the articles of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) communique, all OIC member states are urged to cooperate to solve the crisis in Lebanon.

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, too, at the press conference while condemning the Israeli attacks, voiced his harmonious stand with his Iranian and Tajik counterparts on the issue and asked for putting an immediate end to the bloodshed there.

He said, "We feel sad about the death of dozens of civilians in Lebanon and ask for solving the crisis through diplomatic channels." The IRI President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, too, said at the joint press conference, "The standard bearers of human rights failed in the test measuring their truthfulness in Lebanon."

He added, "Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan have in their joint communique also condemned any type of relations based on hegemony, and condemned resorting to military force to push forth demands." The official tripartite summit, the second of its kind, was held in Tajikistan's capital city, Dushanbe, in which the Iranian, Tajik and Afghan heads of state exchanged viewpoints on transportation, political and economic matters, campaign against narcotics and terrorism.

President Ahmadinejad had arrived in Tajikistan on Tuesday and President Karzai on Wednesday evening, both atop high ranking political and economic delegations.

Iranian President: Those having claims on human rights, peace have failed

Dushanbe, July 26, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Wednesday said that those having claims on human rights and peace have failed in their test of honesty.

He made the remark while speaking to reporters at the end of the tripartite private meeting with the presidents of Tajikistan and Afghanistan, Imomali Rakhmonov and Hamid Karzai respectively, which was held at Tajikistan's presidential guest house in the capital city of Dushanbe on Wednesday afternoon.

At the meeting, Ahmadinejad said that peace and tranquility can be materialized based on spirituality, human dignity and respect for the rights of all nations.

In a joint statement released by the three presidents at the end of the meeting, they expressed their dissatisfaction with relations based on force and condemned it.

"We believe that any progress in Tajikistan and Afghanistan is in the interest of regional states.

"At the meeting, we agreed to pursue the trilaterally signed agreements," he added.

President Ahmadinejad said that the interesting thing at the meeting was the decision to start extensive trilateral cooperation.

"Every measure taken in line with the progress of any of the three countries of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan is considered to benefit the three states. We reached agreement to use all capacities for the sake of each other's progress.

"The three countries have many scientists and intellectuals who can contribute to the advancement of Iran, Tajikistan and Afghanistan," he added.

The Iranian president heading a high-ranking political-economic delegation, arrived in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe on the final leg of his two-nation Central Asian tour on Tuesday.

Upon arrival in Dushanbe, the president and his entourage were warmly welcomed by President Imomali Rakhmonov.

President Ahmadinejad's visit to Tajikistan took place in response to the official invitation of his Tajik counterpart.

Ahmadinejad is the third Iranian president to visit Tajikistan after the independence of the country, which was gained 14 years ago.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister of Energy Parviz Fattah, Commerce Minister Parviz Mir-Kazemi, Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri Hamaneh as well as Minister of Road and Transportation Mohammad Rahmati are accompanying the president on the current visit.

On the first leg of his Central Asian two-nation tour, the president was in Turkmenistan on a two-day visit.

With a population of seven million, Tajikistan is one of the Central Asian countries which has recently gained independence.

Persian is the official language of Tajikistan and 97 percent of its population are Muslims.

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