United Nations, Sept 24, IRNA - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in New York on Sunday (16:20local time) to take part in the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
He was welcomed at the airport by members of Iranian delegation at the United Nations Headquarters. During his stay in New York, the president is scheduled to address the assembly on Tuesday and hold talks with the UN secretary general as well as presidents and senior officials of several countries on the sidelines of the UN meeting.
Delivering a speech at Colombia University, and holding discussions with a number of American Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders will be among his other programs.
The president will also have interviews with a number of leading US media. Before leaving for New York, Agmadinejad in an interview with US television network CBS called on the US authorities to rectify their attitude in the region and the world. He said the Iranian and American nations are on freindly terms and have many common viewpoints. He said the Iranian nation and most of the American nation support peace and justice and oppose the US government policies.
The Iranian president is also to hold talks with Iranian expatriates residing in New York.
Speaking to IRNA at the hotel of his residence, the president said Iran had a clear message for the world and effective solutions for the present international problems.
"We believe that sustainable peace does not mean to impose tranquility. We believe that the world can be run much more better than the present situation. We can avoid wars, threats, bloodshed and hostilities," said the president who is here to attend the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Criticizing the present "inhuman acts" at the international scene and the existing "unfair relations" imposed by certain countries on other world states, the president said, "All nations like to have friendly ties with each other."
Referring to the mounting pressures against Iran, President Ahmadinejad said, "They (certain powers) cannot damage the ties between Iranian nation and other countries because nobody believes them for their wrong behavior and impolite approach towards other nations.
"They have no friend in the world," noted the president.
Stressing that Tehran "is not concerned," President Ahmadinejad added, "Our strategy is very clear. We say that justice should be for everyone and everybody should be equal before the law. No one is priveleged to others and no one has the right to impose his ideas on others.
"No one has the right to use force in international relations, occupy others' lands or resort to terrorism. These are the clear stands of the people of Iran and this course will continue," stressed the president.
Addressing a group of Iranian expatriates living in the US, he said those pursuing nuclear bombs are reactionary because if the nuclear bombs were effective in the current world situation, presence of thousands of nuclear bombs would have prevented disintegration of the former Soviet Union.
He further stressed that nuclear bombs could not save those who invaded Iraq and were trapped in that country's quagmire.
Certain powers are concerned about Iran's turning into a model country for the whole world, Ahmadinejad said, stressing that therefore they oppose development and progress of the great Iranian nation.
Elsewhere in his speech, the Iranian president reiterated that the history has proved that the Iranian government has always been a peace-seeking government.
However, he noted, Tehran would never withdraw from its legitimate rights, including its national interests.
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