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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
No country dares to threaten Iran
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said here on Monday that no country dares to threaten Iran.
The statement by Qashqavi came as there were some media reports that Israel may launch attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
However, Qashqavi said recent rumors of probable attack have been denied by the officials of the Israeli regime.
OIC ready to mediate between Iran and Egypt
Speaking at his weekly press briefing, the spokesman said the OIC chief has announced his willingness to mediate between Iran and Egypt.
A war of words have heightened between Iran and Egypt as the Cairo officials have claimed that Iran is seeking to increase its influence in the Middle East through Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
“The Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary General, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has expressed his readiness to mediate in Tehran-Cairo talks,” he said.
The Islamic Republic has always supported “friendship and brotherhood” among the Islamic countries, he added.
“We have always warned and informed Egypt about the Zionist regime’s perils to the region,” he said, expressing hope that Egypt would not do something that just pleases Israel.
On Iran’s answer to 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) on resuming nuclear talks, Qashqavi said, “We have heard several contradictory statements after the latest meeting of the group” on April 8.
He also reiterated that Iran would welcome talks with the United States “without any preconditions and based on justice and respect.”
In their meeting in London on April 8 the diplomats from 5+1 group asked the EU foreign policy chief to resume talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
The spokesman expressed concern over the harsh treatment toward the Iranian diplomats held in U.S. custody in Iraq, saying, “We spare no effort to eliminate their families’ concerns.”
Asked why President Ahmadinejad attended the Durban II Conference instead of the foreign minister, he said the president decided to participate at the UN-sponsored conference due to the importance of the conference “against racism” and the world’s expectation of Iran.
“The president’s attendance at the Geneva Conference is a positive and considered action,” the spokesman explained.