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Iran's Larijani urges "realistic" western view on Middle East region

Berlin, Feb 7, IRNA - Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani called on the West to have a "realistic" view on the political developments in the Middle East.

Addressing the 45th Munich Security Conference in Munich on Friday, Larijani lambasted western policies in the Middle East, pointing to past failed strategies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Today we need a reasonable, fair and realistic approach to establish durable security," the Iranian official added.

Referring to western double-standards in the Middle East, Larijani slammed western military aid for Israel, among them 200 nuclear warheads, while the Muslim world was deprived of having access to nuclear energy to generate electricity.

Larijani expressed outrage over the West's harboring of known terrorist groups, alluding to Europe providing safe haven to the MKO terrorist grouplet.

He lashed at the continued western smear campaign against Lebanon's Hizbollah and Palestine's Hamas, saying both groups enjoyed deep public support among the peoples in the Middle East region.

Hamas and Hizbollah are a "reality" which the West has to accept, Larijani stressed.

He lambasted western silence towards Israeli crimes in Gaza, labeling it another example of western double-standards.

Referring to Iran's nuclear standoff with the West, he said the nuclear dispute had no legal grounds but was based on what he called "adventurism."

He harshly criticized the West's "stick-and-carrot" approach towards Iran, branding it "unreasonable and wrong."

Larijani urged the US to adopt a "new strategy based on mutual respect and fair behaviour" and accept its past mistakes.

He called for a "comprehensive international security" approach, whereby the focus had to be on regional countries establishing their own security architecture.

US national security advisor reacts "positively" to Larijani speech

Berlin, Feb 7, IRNA -- Top US national security advisor James L. Jones welcomed the speech of Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani at the opening session of the Munich Security Conference on Friday, terming it "positive", the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported Saturday.

Asked about calls by Iran for further US apologies, he said one had to wait and see as to how many more hands would be reached out by Iran.

Jones stressed that Larijani's speech signaled Tehran's readiness for a dialogue with Washington, according to the German-language transcript of the interview.

US President Barack Obama's desire to boost dialogue in the Middle East is "positive", but it must be followed with a complete change in US diplomacy, Larijani was quoted saying Friday .

"In the last year, the US has burned many bridges. A new White House can rebuild them, but this requires new pragmatic strategies based on respect and fair play: the carrot and stick approach must be discarded," the Iranian official told the Munich security confab in Germany.

Larijani also urged Washington to abandon its double-standard policy in the Middle East.

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