Ahmadinejad accuses US of creating Iran, Arab tension

Published: April 18, 2011
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a speech during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a speech during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

TEHRAN: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday accused Tehran’s arch-foe the United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, adding that the attempt would fail.

“America and its allies are trying to create an Iranian-Arab tension, they seek to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis… but their plan will fail,” the hardliner said at Iran’s annual Army Day parade, where the military displayed a range of home-built drones and missiles.

“America is not an honest friend and the record shows it has drawn swords against its own friends and those who have sacrificed themselves for America,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

“America has done it in order to save its interests. But they should know that they have no place among nations,” Ahmadinejad said.

He said Iran was a “close friend” of world nations and “with alertness of people and their politicians, the new plot by the world arrogance will not prevail,” and added that the “Zionist” leaders in the United States would also fail in their attempt to save the “Zionist regime” in Israel.

The Iranian president also predicted a “new Middle East” would emerge but it would not be dominated by the United States and Israel.

“They are seeking a new Middle East. Sure, the people of the region want a new one too but with God’s divine grace, a new Middle East without the American dominance and the presence of the Zionist regime will materialise,” he said.

Ahmadinejad’s comments came a day after the Gulf Cooperation Council’s six member states, who are collectively ruled by Sunnis, called on the Iranian regime to stop its “interference” in the GCC.

The group called in a statement on “the international community and the (UN) Security Council to take the necessary measures to make flagrant Iranian interference and provocations aimed at sowing discord and destruction” among GCC states.

It said the GCC, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, “categorically rejects all foreign interference in its affairs… and invites the Iranian regime to stop its provocations.”

Saudi Arabia separately threatened to recall its diplomats from Tehran unless they were better protected.

“I hope we won’t be obliged to withdraw our diplomatic mission from Tehran if Iran fails to take the necessary measures to protect it,” deputy foreign minister Prince Turki bin Mohammed told reporters.

A week ago Iranian students demonstrated outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran to condemn Riyadh’s military intervention in Bahrain and the “murder” of Bahraini citizens, the official IRNA news agency had reported.

Iran, a predominantly Shiite Muslim country, has repeatedly condemned the dispatch of Saudi troops to Bahrain to support a crackdown on demonstrations there by Shiites, who form the majority of the population of the country.


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Reader Comments (5)

  • John
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:03PM

    Oh, when will it end, the stupidity.

    Does he not know that an immolation of an unemployed computer science graduate in Tunisia awakened the conscience of youth in the middle east?

    GCC states are not dumb either. Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Well I think all muslims should stop accusing US and start looking at themselves and each other. They are a real pain for each other and the real reason behind all their problems. Iran is no different and Saudia is the most corrupt state ever. Its not about Islam anymore its just about power, money and satisfying own lust for powerRecommend

  • Q
    Apr 18, 2011 - 8:04PM

    Ali I agree with you to a certain extent however it is not fair on your part to blame Iran. They have exercised a lot of restraint despite all the threats posed by the West and Arrogant Powers as they call them. They have also kept them limited to verbal support for the oppressed of Bahrain and other nations which are going through difficult times. Western Powers have taken advantage of the weakness that laid in a disunited Middle East/Muslim World.Recommend

  • Apr 18, 2011 - 10:33PM

    good moveRecommend

  • junaid
    Apr 20, 2011 - 1:48AM


    please check this link from the same newspaper for all those who think why should we just not give up suspecting this notorious FRIENDSHIP,a fraternity it is btw!when even the heinous war crimes are made to be subdued by two FRIENDLY nations how we can rule out anyone against israel as iran is going to be somewhat really admired at Pentagon…….Recommend

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