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Ahmadinejad: Iran, Oman Able to Foil Enemy Plots through Cooperation

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Speaker of Oman's Advisory Council Khaled bin Hilal bin Nasser Al-Mawali reiterated that Tehran and Masqat can foil the plots hatched by enemies against the two nations through their ties and cooperation.

During the meeting in Tehran on Saturday, Ahmadinejad pointed to the closeness of Iran-Oman policies and viewpoints on international and regional arena, and said that the two countries can play a constructive and useful role in strengthening regional peace and security,according to FNA.

He also referred to the profound and age-old ties between the two nations, and said that our relations are based on our beliefs, so they are very strong.

Referring to enemies' efforts to create discord among nations, Ahmadinejad said that cooperation between the two countries is more necessary now and the two countries by standing close to each other can thwart enemies' plots.

Iran and Oman have expanded cooperation in a variety of areas such as economy and defense since Iran's President Ahmadinejad took office in 2005. The two countries signed a security agreement in August 2009.

In August 2010, Iran and Oman signed an agreement to further boost mutual cooperation in the field of defense.

In December 2010, the Iranian parliament approved a bill that allows Tehran to implement an agreement on security cooperation and coordination with Oman.


Tunisians campaign against Qatari Emir

More than 25000 Tunisian activists have launched a large campaign on Internet against Qatari Emir for his interference in Tunisia’s internal affairs.

Tunisia recovered $28.8m of "looted assets" from the wife of the deposed president, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The assets are in personal account of Leila Trabelsi in a bank in Lebanon.

Tunisian president Almarzuki had said that anyone disrespecting Qatar would be responsible according to the law. In reaction, Tunisian activists and opposition members condemned his remarks, and launched a campaign ‘Rape of Qatar.’

Tunisian activist believed that Qatar was playing a hidden role in Tunisian political arena. They have poked fun at sheer size of Qatar in their Face book pages, and wrote that if there were no oil, neither Qatar would not existed.

A day after warning by Almarzuki on criticizing Qatar, the Constituent Assembly members called for vote of no confidence for him.


Iran envoy: Syrians want reforms under leadership of Bashar al-Assad

Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon GhazanfarRoknabadi has said that the majority of Syrians call for reforms in their country, led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking in a televised interview, Roknabadi said, "We support the will of Syrians who favor reforms, led by President Al-Assad."

He said all are aware of the country's key role in supporting resistance in Lebanon and the Arab world and it is quite clear to anybody that Syria supports all Arab states.

He emphasized that present conditions are all in favor of Syria and its people. "The explosions and suicide operations are indicative of the inability of armed terrorist groups." Syria faces such plots aimed at toppling the popular system, he added,according to IRNA.

Dismissing rumors that there would be a revolution in Syria, Roknabadi said there are no revolution or revolutionaries in Syria, rather there are murderers which kill people with weapons.

Pointing to the possibility of resignation of the UN envoy on Syria LakhdarBrahimi, Rokanabadi said the crisis in the country has no negative consequences and all have agreed on a political strategy to end the crisis.

Asked whether Iran supports efforts of Brahimi, he said, "We support political solution to crisis in Syria and people are only the decision makers in their country."


Qatar: a frog who wants to be an ox

Qatar, a tiny country in the Gulf, has been resolved to play a role in international equations, a thing that has created much trouble for it.

Belgian daily La Libre wrote in its report on Qatar’s attempt to widen its influence in the region and the world. “Christian Chesnot, journalist, researcher and co-author of a book entitled Qatar, the "Secrets of its Power', says Qatar is like a frog, who wants to become an ox.”

In Aesop’s fables, a conceited frog who thinks he is very great, upon hearing the description of an ox from his grandson, decides to emulate the greatness of the ox, but finally he bursts.

“Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the Qatari Emir, wants to play the game even with who is the enemy, and we see that it supports in Mali, but also it announces its support to French operation there, and on the other hand, it is an important ally for the US and has relations with Taliban,” adds Chesnot,according to MNA.

“In order to show himself great, Hamad relates himself to all sides, as he supports Ikhwan in Egypt and Tunisia, and his capital city Doha has become the capital of Syrian "opposition" groups,” he adds.

Nabeel Nasri, French political analyst and the writer of The Enigma of Qatar says that “Qatar has adopted a policy of extending unrest and domination,” and adds that “Qatar helps confound the chaos in countries-as is the case in Libya and Egypt-, and then it works to control the political scene, and interferes in internal affairs of other countries through providing financial resources and money.”

Nasri believes that Qatar supports terrorists in Syria to implement its plans to export gas to Europe through a pipeline crossing Syrian soil and reaching Mediterranean Sea. “Natural gas reserves newly discovered in Syria and Lebanon has enticed Qatari Emir,” he adds.



Iran Opposes Foreign Interference in Syria- Salehi

TEHRAN,(ST)_ Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stressed his country 's principled stand towards the crisis in Syria, based on supporting political and peaceful means  as the only way to resolve the crisis , adding that the continued status quo threatens other countries.

Salehi said while  receiving a copy of the credentials of the new  Lebanese Ambassador Fadi Al Haj Ali on Saturday  that Iran strongly opposes foreign interference in the Syrian  internal affairs and supporting armed  terrorist groups , adding that the Syrian people are to decide their country 's political fate in the context  of the national interest .

Concerning Lebanese- Iranian relations Salehi indicated  the broad prospects for the development of bilateral relations, especially in economic, commercial, cultural and scientific areas, noting Iran 's support  to Lebanon 's  unity and the good relations it enjoys with all Lebanese parties and political spectrum besides  pursuing  a principled policy in  supporting the Lebanese resistance.

For his part, the Lebanese Ambassador praised the support provided by Iran to the Lebanese government and people in various stages , noting Iran 's key and vital role in the region.


T. Fateh