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200 Iranian MPs thank president for dialogue at Columbia University

Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA - Some 200 Members of Parliament on Wednesday thanked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for attending University of Columbia to express Iran's views about the state of affairs in the international community. The MPs, at the same time, criticized the president of Columbia University for his impolite utterance in his introductory statement.

Member of Majlis Presiding Board Hossein Nejabat read out the statement before formal session of the parliament Wednesday.

"His excellency, President Ahmadinejad has had effective presence in the annual meetings of United Nations General Assembly in the past three years. He has successfully expressed Iran's stance to the world leaders," part of the statement said.

The MPs hailed the president for giving lecture at the reputable University of Columbia and initiating dialogue with the American students and intellectuals.

"It was a historical success for the representative of the Iranian nation who gave response to questions posed by the intellectuals thanks to his self-confidence and political insight. The success of the Iranian president brought happiness for the Iranian nation and the freedom loving people of the world including Muslims around the world. It also angered the Zionist regime.

"Of course, their anger can be understood, because they are afraid of direct encounter of Iranian officials with the American people and the US public opinion," the MPs said.

"Such an encounter leaves no room for illogical perceptions or propaganda. It was an opportunity for dialogue regardless of the aggressive tone of the president of the university," the statement said.

Iran condemns US for placing IRGC on terrorist list

Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini on Wednesday strongly condemned the "irresponsible and illegal" approval of the US House of Representative which puts the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps on the list of terrorist organizations.

"Putting armed forces of the UN member countries on the list of errorist groups is a strange and unprecedented act which lacks any value or credit," said Hosseini on Wednesday.

He said such uncalculated and illegally baseless decisions will not help in restoration of peace and security worldwide, rather they will prepare conditions under which any country allows itself to defy international regulations and put the legal and official institutions of other countries on the list of terrorist groups under false charges.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in its entirety represents a military force which stems from within the body of Iran's revolutionary nation and is acting within framework of the Constitution and follows legal strategies.

Hosseini said any confrontation with the popular forces would mean confrontation with the Great Iranian nation. "Those who are after raising charges against the IRGC are in fact putting themselves in front of the 70 million Iranian population." Such an act taken by the US is an example of blame game, said Hosseini, pointing to the blatant instances of the US military's terrorist and immoral moves in Iraq and Afghanistan, including shelling defenseless civilians, supporting and arming terrorist groups, building secret cells, making illegal arrests and torture of prisoners.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman said such inhumane catastrophes and fiascos are outstanding and evidences of terrorism.

All countries and international organizations should show proper reaction to such illegal measures of the US army, which has ridiculed achievements of human civilizations.

Iranian Jews condemn Columbia University president

TEHRAN, Sept. 26 (Mehr News Agency) -- The Society of Iranian Jews here Wednesday issued a statement condemning Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's insult to Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad delivered a speech on Monday at New York's Columbia University where the school's president used disrespectful epithets in his introduction of the Iranian president.

The impolite behavior that was shown toward Iranian president proved that those who claim freedom of speech and democracy are only using these terms as a tool, the statement said.

Creating any kind of chaos and tension is in contrast with the Jewish ideology, and according to the teachings of Prophet Moses, the Jews believe in holding negotiations in a peaceful atmosphere, it added.

As the president is legally the representative of the Iranian nation, Iran's Jews strongly condemn such misbehavior, the society said in the statement.

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