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US president's Middle East mission doomed: Iranian FM

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA - US President George Bush has failed in his mission to the Middle East region, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in Tehran on Sunday evening.

Speaking to Qatar's al-Jazeera TV network, the minister said Bush has tried to cause tension in the Persian Gulf region by talking about the fabricated story of a naval stand-off in the strategic Strait of Hormuz between Iranian speedboats and a US warship.

Referring to the increasing trend of bilateral cooperation between Iran and its neighbors in the region, Mottaki said that the US officials could not understand the historical, religious and cultural commonalties between Iran and other regional countries.

Pointing to the baseless accusations levelled against Iran by the US president in his speech in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on Sunday, Mottaki said that US was the main cause of extremism in the region as it has been supporting terrorist and extremist groups during the past six years.

It was the US policies which have led to strengthening of extremist groups in the region, Mottaki told the Arab network.

He stressed that regional extremism would not benefit any person, country or nation.

Mottaki added that fanning the fuel of Iranophobia was the objective of Bush's visit to the region.

In a futile bid in Abu Dhabi, the US president accused Iran of supporting extremist group.

Bush visit to region, saber rattling of a defeated man: MP

US President George Bush's visit to the Middle East region is the saber rattling of a defeated man, Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ala'eddin Boroujerdi said on Monday.

Speaking to IRNA, the MP said that the visit to the occupied Palestinian lands and the Persian Gulf region by the US president was just a political propaganda campaign as he knew his policies in the region were futile.

Boroujerdi stressed that Bush's efforts to portray Iran as a threat for regional states would not effect Tehran's relations with those countries.

"Bush would achieve no results from his visit to the region given Iran's current cooperation with the regional states as well as Tehran's firm decision to safeguard regional security with the help of the regional countries," stressed the MP.

He added the US president's weak performance in his country which resulted in the lack of American citizens' support for his policies was another reason for sending President Bush to the regional tour.

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