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Iranian President says he is ready for debate with Bush at UN General Assembly

Tehran, Sept 7, IRNA-Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeating his previous remark that "those who reject debate fear their nation's intellect and rationalism", emphasized here on Wednesday, "We are ready for a debate with the Americans at UN General Assembly."

According to the Presidential Office Media Department, Ahmadinejad made the comments at Wednesday session of his cabinet, further reiterating, "The American side can even take part in the debate side by side with his advisors, and as a full team, if they wish so."

Referring to his upcoming US visit to take part at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, The IRI President considered that occasion as a good opportunity for holding a debate, with his US counterpart, so that "the entire world nations, particularly the Americans would, directly and without any censorship watch it."

He stressed, "The reputable news media of the world -- those of them that respect truthfulness and abide by the rule of objectivity in heir profession -- can take advantage of that opportunity to provide chance for world nations to hear the viewpoints and to choose the best."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said, "We have clear and transparent stands and are committed to abiding by certain fundamentals that are not alterable with the passage of time. Such fundamentals have been respected before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, during the years of holy defense (of the eight-year Iraqi-imposed war), during the years of being under US economic sanctions, etc."

He added, "It is based on such fundamentals that we choose our friends and know our enemies, and we can always justify the reasons why we do so."

The President said, "Let those who claim to be committed to certain fundamentals that are the most exalted achievements of the entire mankind step forward and present them to the world nations clearly and permit the nations to choose among them free from threats of being bombed or sanctioned."

I hope, said Ahmadinejad, "They would not refrain from yielding to this proposal, that is the best way towards embracing peace, and I wish to assure them that there are enough learned and knowledgeable individuals about the fundamentals and viewpoints of the Islamic Revolution in Iran that they can talk to anyone they choose, to hold a debate with."

Arguing that the level of mankind's general wisdom is improving day after day and the world nations can understand the prevailing international relations relatively well, he said, "Those that reject the proposals for debates despite their claims for leading the international community and being the leaders of the world are in fact scared of the general wisdom of the nations, and the aftermath of such debates."

Ahmadinejad stressed, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has clearly declared its opposition against the approaches, norms, and viewpoints of certain Western powers, particularly those adopted by the United States and Britain."

He added, "We have proposals and are ready to present models for better governance of the world, establishment of global justice, well being of world nations, better understanding of one another, all-encompassing love and friendship, and elimination of the atmosphere of enmity, harshness, threats, and insults."

The IRI President reiterated, "It is possible to prove in a debate which of the two political systems is a better choice for the world nations: the one that is established based on the norms of liberalism and has caused so much dilemmas and plight for the mankind, or the one that is established based on monotheism and justice?"

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