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Ahmadinejad: Enemies unhappy with powerful Iran & Russia

Dushanbe, Aug 29, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Thursday that enemies do not wish to see Iran and Russia are powerful.

President Ahmadinejad made the remark in a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the 8th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit.

Highlighting the impact of foreign intervention on recent South Ossetia events, President Ahmadinejad said ultra-regional powers' intervention is the root cause of many regional problems.

He said presence of the US and some of its allies in the region and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan have provoked extremism and tension in the region.

He went on to say that Zionists and their allies are behind growing terrorism and drugs transit in the region.

Regarding their common interests and the threats facing both countries, Iran and Russia should upgrade mutual cooperation to check many regional tensions, he added.

He announced that Tehran is ready to cooperate with Russia in energy domains and implement mutual accords.

He added that Iran is ready to promote economic relations with Russia in the best possible manner.

He congratulated the Russian counterpart on his election to the presidential post.

Medvedev for his part briefed the Iranian president on latest Georgia developments and condoled President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian nation on Bishkek passenger plane crash, as a result of which a number of Iranians were killed.

Ahmadinejad: Zionists behind South Ossetia, Abkhazia tension

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that there are evidence at hand which prove Zionists are behind South Ossetia and Abkhazia events.

"We have information which show Zionists have a role in the South Ossetia and Abkhazia case," said President Ahmadinejad in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the summit.

President Ahmadinejad said problem in Caucasus has been caused by intervention of the ultra-regional powers and if the powers do not interfere, regional governments will be capable of solving their problems themselves.

"In our opinion, had Georgian officials managed soundly and not allowed the outside forces to interfere in the case, it would not have got dimensions," said the president.

The world is today speedily moving towards change and development, said President Ahmadinejad, adding that on the one hand, the developments are outcome of unilateralism and discrimination in international relations, and on the other hand, they are the result of nations' resistance against the movements which counter humanistic approaches.

The proper way is recourse to law and justice and putting respect for human beings and law as the basis of international relations, he added.

Asked about the Iran-US relations, President Ahmadinejad said, "Had the US officials heeded experts' view, the conditions would have become good."

On the SCO summit, the president said the SCO members constitute more than one third of the world population and enjoy high capacity with drastic impact on global equations.

Iranian, Afghan, Tajik presidents issue joint statement

Dushanbe, Aug 29, IRNA - Iranian, Afghan and Tajik presidents here on Thursday issued a joint statement for expansion of trilateral cooperation.

The statement, a copy of which was made available to IRNA, says the presidents, voicing satisfaction with outcome of their foreign and energy ministers' meetings, welcomed formation of the joint council of national coordinators to follow up and implement trilateral June 2008 accord.

It also envisaged holding regular meetings and exchange of views on ways of expanding trilateral cooperation in the political, economic, and cultural sectors and on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Afghan President Hamed Karzai and Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon also called for full implementation of their Dushanbe 2006 joint statement and also their foreign ministers' joint statement in Dushanbe in April 2008.

Under the statement, the three sides would form a joint commission to look into expansion of economic cooperation from 2009 to 2015, implement joint venture projects for road and railway construction to facilitate cargo and passenger transit, arrange power transfer from Tajikistan to Iran via Afghanistan, and establish a joint investment institution to secure finance for trilateral projects.

Iran will under the statement provide draft of an agreement for establishment of a joint investment institution by the year 2008 and put the document at the disposal of Tajikistan and Afghanistan in order to make necessary coordination for the purpose.

Highlighting significance of establishment of a common TV network in expansion of trilateral communications, the three presidents in the statement authorized related officials to prepare necessary documents in two months with regards to legal aspect of the project and for procurement of necessary manpower and financial resources.

The statement also envisions establishment of optic fiber network to facilitate trilateral communications and cooperation in farming, campaign against terrorism, extremism, new version of organized crimes, and drugs transit and investment in Afghan reconstruction projects.

The three sides agreed that their third summit be held in Tehran in 2009. The exact time of the meeting will be decided by their foreign ministers in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan.

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