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Regional Revolts to Boost Convergence with Iran: Envoy

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TEHRAN, April 9 (ICANA) – Iran's Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei says the popular revolutions and uprisings in the region will further boost regional convergence with Iran.
Saturday, April 09, 2011 1:13:38 PM
Regional Revolts to Boost Convergence with Iran: Envoy

“The popular regional movements...opposed dictatorships that used to hold on to power and also opposed their previous leaders' adherence to the [world] powers' demands,” Khazaei said in a Friday interview with Bloomberg television network.

Iran's permanent envoy at the United Nations noted, “Therefore, such transformations can undoubtedly be in line with the interests of nations who have long refused to abide by the dictates of others. Thus, the current trend favors convergence with Iran and is in accordance with the objectives set by Iran's revolutionary nation.”

In recent months, a wave of revolutions and anti-government uprisings has swept the Arab world, bringing about significant reforms in the region's geopolitics.

Khazaei said that the movements for change will also benefit the regional countries and other states which seek “to run their countries independently and base their decisions on their national interests without having to listen to the big powers.”

In January, a revolution in Tunisia ended the 23-year rule of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. It was followed by another Arab revolution in Egypt, which led to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February, after three decades of authoritarian rule.

Revolutions have erupted in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while numerous anti-government unrests have been reported in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait and Algeria as more Arab countries are expected to brace for similar revolts.

The Iranian representative at the UN also drew on the world body's 'duties' to help maintain global peace and security and pointed out that “the Western approach to Libya has spurred worries in many Muslim and Arab countries and even for some of the supporters of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Libya.”

Khazaei noted that the West has failed to toe the line over the Libyan crisis and acted beyond the provisions stipulated in the UNSC resolution.

According to the Iranian official, despite all the efforts to derail the regional uprisings, the Islamic Republic has remained a strong pillar in the region's 'shifting geopolitics', which will 'shape' a new Middle East and North Africa.

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