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Qatari Emir In Iran For Talks

Source: Press TV

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation on an official day-long visit.

Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani was officially welcomed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran, Qatar call for Muslim unity

Iran and Qatar have stressed the necessity of amity and affinity among Muslim states in the face of enemy endeavors to create rift among the followers of Islam.

In a Monday meeting in Tehran, visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad emphasized the importance of vigilance among regional states in order to strengthen unity and cooperation, IRNA reported.

"Iran and Qatar's cooperation can help regional countries to flourish and will ensure regional security and stability," the Iranian president said.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (R)

President Ahmadinejad said that regional states must pave the way for regional peace, progress and welfare through strengthening their relations.

Al Thani, for his part, said Tehran and Doha relations have been broadened over the past years, adding that broader cooperation between the two states can guarantee peace and stability in the region.

"Although their (enemy) efforts to create such a discord [among Muslims] have failed so far, regional countries must increase cooperation in a bid to strengthen amity and affinity", Al Thani said.

The Qatari emir arrived in Tehran Monday morning at the head of a high-ranking delegation for a one-day visit. He was slated to hold talks with senior Iranian officials on bilateral relations and latest regional developments.

Hariri tribunal kangaroo court: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says any ruling by the US-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is null and void.

"This court is a kangaroo court and every verdict it issues is rejected. We hope influential sides in Lebanon will act prudently, so the issue will not be turned into a problem," said the Leader in a meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Monday.

Khamenei (R) and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani meet in Tehran on Monday.

The Leader noted that plots in Lebanon will bear no fruit and said, "We are very optimistic about the improvement of situation in the region."

The US-backed STL is charged with investigating the assassination of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Refiq Hariri in February 14, 2005.

Hariri was killed along with over 20 other people in a massive bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut.

Set up nearly two years later to investigate the incident, the US-backed STL is expected to announce its findings by the end of 2010.

Earlier reports indicated that the court planned to issue an indictment against members of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has rejected the allegations, saying the plot was part of "a dangerous project that is targeting the resistance," and being one-sided in line with Israeli interests.

Major political figures and parties in Lebanon have also condemned the indictment, calling it a US-Israeli plot to sow discord in Lebanon.

In an August public address, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered detailed speeches pointing to Tel Aviv's role in Hariri's murder.

The televised address featured video materials, captured by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles, and recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had been behind the terror attack.

Different Lebanese factions have also accused the US-sponsored STL of using false witnesses, who reportedly gave unreliable testimonies to the international probe into Hariri's 2005 assassination.

Ayatollah Khamenei further stressed the importance of tightening security in the Persian Gulf and said all regional countries will benefit from a secure region.

"However, all countries in the region will become insecure and suffer from insecurity if regional security is undermined," the Leader pointed out.

Ayatollah Khamenei assessed as "very important" the issue of unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region.

"Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region have had years of peaceful coexistence, but certain (countries) seek to damage this friendly atmosphere and turn certain differences of opinion between Shias and Sunnis into a social difference," he went on to say.

The Leader emphasized that there are "mercenaries and prejudiced individuals on both sides," adding, "This issue should be controlled both in terms of beliefs and security."

The Qatari emir, for his part, praised relations between Tehran and Doha and said, "The two countries have always enjoyed similar political stances."

He expressed hope the two countries will further promote relations in other fields.

Al Thani highlighted the significance of maintaining unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims in the region, saying certain countries intend to hatch a fresh plot in Lebanon.

He expressed his country's readiness to prevent such a conspiracy and act based on regional interests in cooperation with countries in the region.

The Qatari emir arrived in Tehran on Monday at the head of a high-ranking delegation on an official day-long visit.

Earlier on the day, Al Thani held talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on bilateral relations and the latest regional developments.

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