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Larijani: Regional Rulers Cannot Ignore Realities on the Ground

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TEHRAN, April 8 (ICANA) – Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the regional Arab rulers would not be able to solve their problems by blaming others.
Friday, April 08, 2011 1:40:51 PM
Larijani: Regional Rulers Cannot Ignore Realities on the Ground

Commenting on the anti-Iran stance taken by certain Arab heads of state who are facing their people's uprising, Larijani noted that the ongoing uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa is a certainty and cannot be settled through temporary solutions.

Larijani was in the holy city of Qom Thursday to meet with people and officials of his constituency on the occasion of the New Year (Nowruz).

On the sideline of the visit, the top lawmaker spoke to ICANA on the recent events in the region.

Larijani said the Muslim nations in the region want democracy and the right to decide their own fate and "this is not something weird." He said Europe and the US are expected to support a wish they had realized for their own people several centuries ago.

He said Iran supported the Muslim people's uprisings in the region because what the people want is their natural and indisputable right.

Larijani regretted that the West, the US in particular sided with the dictators and said: "West's support for dictator rulers greatly hurts their image."

Referring to anti-Iran statements made by the Jordanian foreign minister and parliament speaker as well as the stance taken against Tehran by the (P)GCC, Larijani stated that they cannot overcome their problems by resorting to certain sideline issues aimed at overshadowing the main events. The officials in these countries need to identify with the realities on the ground and appreciate them, he said.

On claims by some Western media that Iran's support for Bahrain was because they were Shias, Larijani said it is true that the majority of the Bahrainis are Shias but they are also Muslims and should not be prosecuted because of their faith.

He added that Iran voiced support for the people's revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen where the majority are Sunnis. "This proves that our approach is not ethnical but humanitarian."

Larijani reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran has no hostility towards any country and wants to maintain friendly ties with all of them. However, the natural demands of the Muslim nations must be taken into account. "Bullets are not the response to the legitimate rights of the people," Larijani stressed. He said foreign military presence would certainly not help pacify the situation in Bahrain but would further provoke the people.

Turning to Egypt, Larijani welcomed the "positive" overture by the new Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi on resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries. He said the move was inspired by the revolution in Egypt.

Larijani hailed the "wise move" on behalf of the Egyptian foreign minister, adding that it would help bring tranquility to the region. However, Larijani noted, "We must wait and negotiations must be held between the two sides. This needs some requirements and certain conditions that Egypt must provide so that Iran could take the next move."

The Egyptian foreign minister has called for normalization of ties with Iran, saying Cairo is committed to seeking to improve long-frozen relations with Tehran.

The post-revolution Egypt looks poised to turn a new page in its relations with the Islamic Republic as Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil al-Arabi says his country will witness a new phase in its foreign ties with Iran.

Following his meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger in Cairo on Wednesday, al-Arabi stated that restoration of Iran-Egypt ties would not pose a threat to anyone, and that the two countries have traditionally-rooted relations.

The remarks have been welcomed by many Egyptian politicians and diplomats as a very positive step as the post-revolution Egypt comes into its own.

In his first press conference as Egypt's foreign minister in March, al-Arabi pointed out that the Egyptian government does not see Iran as an enemy, noting that the two countries have historically enjoyed deep relations.

Iran severed ties with Egypt after Cairo signed the 1978 Camp David Accords with the Israeli regime and offered asylum to Iran's deposed dictator, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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