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07/08/08

Iran ready to become D8 energy supplier: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, July 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that Iran is prepared to supply energy to the D8 group of developing nations.

"The Islamic Republic is ready to fairly meet the D8 countries' energy demands in an effort to alleviate the people's pain and suffering," he told reporters ahead of the 6th summit of the D8 group, which opens in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The Developing 8 is a group of developing countries that have formed an economic development alliance.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi will accompany Ahmadinejad in the meeting.

The group also includes Bangladesh, Egypt, and Nigeria, which will be represented by ministers at the July 4-8 conference, with the summit to be held on the final day.

The D8 group of developing nations is expected to endorse a 10-year roadmap on trade cooperation during the summit.

Ahmadinejad also commented on rising oil prices.

To lower the price of oil, the influence of the major oil companies over the energy market must be reduced, he suggested.

"These oil companies, which enjoy the political and military support of certain powers, have plundered the world's resources."

"During the summit we will discuss important international issues because they have influence over the member states' economies and cultures... The D8 countries can resolve economic and energy problems through establishing special relations."

Turning to Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, Ahmadinejad called the major powers' demand that Tehran suspend its uranium enrichment work as a precondition for talks "illegitimate".

"They ask to negotiate but at the same time they say we must give in to their illegal demands and relinquish our rights," he added.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on June 14 put forward a revised package of proposals on behalf of the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France, and Germany in exchange for a freeze in Tehran's enrichment program.

The package, which is a follow-up to an original proposal in 2006, offers civilian nuclear cooperation as well as wider trade in aircraft, energy, high technology, and agriculture.

Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili earlier said that Iran delivered its response to a letter by the six powers on Friday and that he expects to hold talks with Solana later this month.

He stressed that Iran is prepared to sit at the negotiating table with the major powers to discuss the common points between the West's incentives and Iran's latest package of proposals, which addresses global challenges, including the threat of nuclear proliferation.

Ahmadinejad shrugged off the threat of a military attack on Iran's nuclear installations, saying, "Even if hundreds of countries like Israel and the United States join forces, they will not dare to attack Iran and they know it."

"We are in favor of dialogue, but we will negotiate in a fair environment and on common points" because negotiations without a level playing will produce no results, he added.

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