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Iran Promotes ME Peace, Stability: MP

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TEHRAN, April 20 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker has highlighted the need for “peace and stability” in the Middle East and the enhancement of amicable ties among regional countries.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 11:01:11 PM
Iran Promotes ME Peace, Stability: MP

“We encourage peace and stability in the region and are totally discontented with the existing tensions,” Chairman of Iran's Majlis (Parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi told reporters in Kuwait City, the Kuwaiti capital, later on Tuesday.

“We believe that the more the influence of the US and non-regional powers -- who greedily eye [the region's] oil and wealth -- is limited, the more benefit the region will get,” he said.

Boroujerdi pointed to the US military incursion in Iraq under the pretext of toppling Baghdad's former dictator Saddam Hussein, saying despite Saddam's ouster the American military has remained in the country and seeks to do the same in oil-rich Libya.

On March 19, a US-led military coalition unleashed a major air campaign against the forces of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Many civilians have reportedly been killed since the invasion started.

The Iranian lawmaker further called for “collective efforts” to put an end to the existing crisis “immediately,” because the more it lingers it will be to the detriment of the regional countries.

“The best way to pass this stage is to hold negotiations based on mutual understanding,” he said.

Boroujerdi refuted the allegations of Iran's interference in Bahrain, saying the main concern about Bahrain is over the violent crackdown on “unarmed” civilians not for the fact that the majority of the anti-government protesters are Shias.

He argued that Iran's support for the Sunni Palestinian people is indicative of the fact that in respect of the Islamic awakening in the Arab world, the Shia-Sunni issue is out of question for the Islamic Republic.

In recent months, a wave of revolutions and anti-government uprisings has been sweeping the Arab world.

In January, a revolution in Tunisia ended the 23-year ruling of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

In February, another Arab revolution led to the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after three decades of his authoritarian rule.

Other revolutions have erupted in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, while other anti-government unrests have swept Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Kuwait and Algeria.

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