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Iran's Supreme Leader: Regional nations hate US for causing trouble

Tehran, May 25, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the US has been strongly subject to hatred of regional nations as the main cause of regional problems. The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with Presidents of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.

From left to ritht: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, President Hamed Karzai of Afghanistan, and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

The two presidents arrived in Tehran on Sunday for a three-nation Summit to discuss international campaign against terrorism and border security.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was also present in the meeting.

Criticizing the US military intervention in the region, Ayatollah Khamenei said that extremism has created many problems for the regional nations and governments and it is also threatening others, particularly those who were the main cause of creating such extremism with their money and policies.

Referring to the tripartite summit of the presidents of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Supreme Leader stressed the need for regular consultations by the neighboring states in the context of the three-nation Summit.

The Supreme Leader expressed Iran's "strong support" for the agreements reached by presidents of the three states.

Referring to the religious, historic and cultural commons ground between Tehran, Islamabad and Kabul, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "Iran gives great significance to the security and progress of Afghanistan and Pakistan."

The Supreme Leader added that the three states should broaden their cooperation to other fields more than security and political issues and make further cooperation in the economic and development issues as well.

Prior to the Supreme Leader's remarks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered a report on the outcome of the tripartite summit which was held earlier on Sunday.

The three presidents signed a 25-article 'Tehran Statement' at the end of the Summit.

The statement, signed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and President Hamed Karzai of Afghanistan, focuses on expansion of security, political and economic cooperation among the three neighboring states.

A part of the statement calls for expansion of trilateral energy cooperation.

President Ahmadinejad said that the foreign military intervention, smuggling of illegal drugs and terrorism were three major threats posed to the regional nations.

Meanwhile, President Karzai of Afghainstan said, for his turn, that the tripartite summit was a very good opportunity for the three states to make new agreements and set new objectives.

President Zardari of Pakistan expressed hope that further cooperation between Tehran, Islamabad and Kabul would help the three states overcome the security challenges facing the region.

Pakistan welcomes outcome of Tehran trilateral summit

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA - Pakistan Welcomed the outcome of the Tehran trilateral summit and said the meeting agreed on mechanism for cooperation in the security, energy and rail links.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said that the Pakistani, Iranian and Afghan Presidents have also agreed on proper measures for the dignified return of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran.

He said the conference, which was hosted by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and attended by President Asif Ali Zardari and President HamidKarzai as well, was successful and that its decisions will be implemented.

He said it is also very important that the leaders agreed on the next trilateral summit to be held in Islamabad in October.

The spokesman also welcomed Pakistan and Iran agreement on the gas pipeline project and said that the 260-kilometer part of the pipeline to Pakistan will be laid in around four years. He added that 23 million cubic feet gas would be provided daily for 25 years.

Abdul Basit said that the agreement could be extended for five years with the mutual understanding of the two countries.

The spokesman said that Pakistan and Iran have signed the agreement but there is a provision that India can join the project.

President Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Dr Mahmood Ahmadinejad signed an Intergovernmental frame work declaration to support within the frame work of their respective laws and regulations, the gas deal signed by the oil ministries of the respective countries.

Earlier the Gas Sale Purchase Agreement (GSPA) was signed by the MD National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and MD Inter-state Gas System for export of Iranian Natural gas to Pakistan at the border of Iran - Pakistan for the purpose of domestic consumption in Pakistan.

The deal known as "peace pipeline" was signed on the sidelines of the current tripartite summit of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran on elimination of terrorism, drug and human trafficking, held here a in Iran's capital Tehran on May 24, 2009.

The 2,100 kilometer long pipeline is to transfer Iranian gas to Pakistan.

It is predicted that some 1,100 kilometers of pipelines would be laid in Iran's territory and 1000 kilometers in Pakistan.

The project is to transfer some 750 million cubic feet of gas per day. Construction of the pipeline is to be completed in five years.

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