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Iran not seeking Persian empire: Larijani

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran is not seeking a Persian Empire and Arab intellectuals must beware of Israeli plots in this regard, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Saturday.


Map of old Persian Empire (see high resolution)

"Iran is not seeking an empire, if it supports Palestine, there is a cultural and humane trait in its support," he said at the closing ceremony of the 22nd Tehran International Book Fair.

Iran has always reiterated it respects Islamic, Arab and non-Arab countries, although, there may be differences in stances or behaviors, he added.

Ali Larijani speaking at Tehran's Book Fair

Zionists have resorted into a soft war in Gaza issue but Arab intellectuals must not be deceived and trapped in the plot, he asserted.

He, meanwhile, emphasized Iran would not spend time on trivial and fabricated regional arguments saying "small regional powers rely on big powers in order to stand on their own feet ignoring the fact that these powers do not seek their interests; small powers have to sell their political independence to win the attention of big powers."

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