Al-Azhar backs dialogue to solve crisis in Syria

CAIRO,(ST)_The Cairo-based al-Azhar Institute  underscores need for peacefully solving the crisis in Syria and ceasing violence immediately.

Addressing the Islamic Summit to be held in Cairo, Sheikh of al-Azhar Islamic Institute, Ahmad al-Tayyib said that Islam calls for tolerance and peace and it is better to solve crises, especially in Syria, peacefully according to constructive dialogue.

The two-day Islamic summit is to begin on Wednesday.


Iran’s foreign policy priority, peace and security: Salehi

Iran Foreign Minister in his speech titled ‘Iran's role in regional peace and balance of power’, said; “Iran’s first foreign policy priority is peace and security, not only in the region but also in the whole world.”

Iran Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi has addressed the gathering of 240 political analysts, international media editors, officials from research centers, and German ambassadors and diplomats in the German Council on Foreign Relation ,according to MNA.

He told the audience about the peaceful nature of Iran nuclear activity and said; “IRI has no non-peaceful nuclear activities, and we consider them [non-peaceful nuclear activities] prohibited and unlawful, just like in the Saddam’s imposed war against Iran which he used chemical weapons and we did not retaliated in kind.”

Iran Foreign Minister rejected false claims against the peaceful nature of Iran nuclear programs and said; “Currently, the problem is lack of trust between the two sides.” In a response to a question about the US offer for direct negotiations with Iran, he referred to past successful negotiation with the US in Germany regarding crisis in Afghanistan, and said; “a few days right after that [successful negotiation], then President of the US called Iran the ‘axis of evils’.” 

Dr. Salehi referred to sanctions on Iran and said; “if the US is ready and serious about talks with Iran, they should know that pressure and threat is not compatible with dialogue.” He added; “our nation had decided 34 years ago to be independent, and not under influence of superpowers.”

 “IRI is following its peaceful nuclear program and we are ready to ensure non-proliferation of nuclear activities in the future, provided our peaceful nuclear rights are recognized.”


Larijani condemns Zionists attack on Syria

Speaker of Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani has  condemned Zionist regime’s air raid on Syria in separate telephone conversations with his counterparts from Iraq, Lebanon and Algeria.

Talking to Speaker of Iraqi Council of Representatives Osama Al-nujaifi, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Mohammad Al-Arabi Ould Khalifa from Algeria, Larijani said Zionists air attack on Damascus on January 30 indicated the expansion of events made anti-Syria by a number of certain states,according to IRNA.

 “The usurper regime should not be allowed to continue its aggressive measures against regional countries by taking advantage of the present situation in Syria,” Larijani said.

He reiterated that the issue of Palestine is still the first problem of the Islamic world, adding that regional states would continue support for oppressed Palestinians regardless of the current regional situation.

The Zionist regime fighters invaded Syrian air space on January 30 and attacked a research center in Rif province.

Meanwhile, Osama Nujaifi of Iraq told Larijani that all regional states have stayed unified in one line against the Zionist regime.

In related development, the Lebanese speaker told Larijani that what was currently underway in Syria was to undermine the resistance front against the occupying regime of Qods and aimed at serving the interests of the Zionist regime.

He stressed that the ongoing conspiracy against Syria was indeed a plot against the whole Islamic World.

Meanwhile, the Algerian parliament speaker told Larijani that the January 30 invasion of Syria was not the only case of the Zionists’ aggression against regional states including Syria and Lebanon.

Khalifa stressed that similar aggressive moves should be prevented in future through cooperation and consultation among Muslim states.

The Algerian parliamentarian added that preventing the Zionist regime from making similar moves in the future needed more acts than words.


Al-khalifa surrenders Manama

Bahraini opposition groups and organizations say the more we get closer to Feb. 14 the more pressure the regime puts on its opponents.

In Bahrain, opponents of al-Khalifa announced that the regime’s security forces have intensified pressure on the opponents and activists, and they are trying to block any demonstrations, protests, sit-ins or any peaceful protests in Manama. They were supposed to continue their protests on the continuous bases for 16 days,according to MNA.

The largest opposition group, al-Wefaq, announced that several groups and opposition organizations were also trying to hold protests rallies, which were blocked by al-Khalifa regime security forces.

Al-Wefaq accused al-Khalifa regime’s security forces to prevent people from peaceful demonstrations. Troops have encircle Manama, and they are creating and installing security barriers around different parts of the city and freeways leading city center, and rounding up people to prevent peaceful demonstrations.  Al-Wefaq group stressed that despite all the tactics adopted by the regime to prevent them from demonstration, they will continue their protest on different parts of the city. 

Bahraini regime has not respondent to the charges by the opposition groups so far. Protesters had very large demonstration in west of Manama, last Friday, and they consider that the beginning of 16 days protests, for the second anniversary of the Bahrain revolution, better known as “Lolo Revolution” (Pearl Revolution), which was put down by al-Khalifa regime security forces.


Salehi: Kazakhstan to Host Nuclear Talks Feb 25

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that fresh talks with world powers on Iran's nuclear progrm would be held in Kazakhstan on February 25, according to Al-Manar News.

"I have good news, I've heard yesterday that 5+1 or EU3+3 will be meeting in Kazakhstan 25th of February," Salehi said during a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference.

Iran and six world powers -- the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- held three rounds of talks last year.

Reacting to an offer by US Vice President Joe Biden in Munich on Saturday to hold two-way talks with Iran on its nuclear program, Salehi said Washington must come to the table with "authentic intention".

"We have no red line for negotiations, bilateral negotiations when it comes to negotiating over a particular subject," he said. "If the subject is the nuclear file, yes we are ready for negotiation but we have to make sure... that the other side this time comes with authentic intention," he said.