Ahmadinejad Discusses Chavez's Health Conditions over Phone




TEHRAN, (ST)- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a telephone call with Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolas Maduro discussed the latest health conditions of President Hugo Chavez.

During the phone conversation  Maduro informed President Ahmadinejad about the latest medical treatments and health status of President Chavez.

Last month, Iran expressed pleasure over  the successful surgery on President Chavez.

In a message to Maduro  , Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi voiced Tehran's satisfaction with the successful surgery of President Chavez.

Salehi also renewed Tehran's commitment to the friendly bonds between the two countries, and wished prosperity for the government  and great nation of Venezuela.

Last month, Maduro said surgeons in Cuba have successfully operated on President Chavez to eliminate cancerous tissue.

It was the president's fourth cancer-related operation since June 2011. The Iranian president wished for Chavez's immediate recovery.





Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi:Iran stands with Syrian Govt. and Nation




 Beirut-Iran ambassador to Beirut has said that Islamic Republic of Iran has moved parallel to the majority demand for reform by President Bashar al-Assad and stands with Syrian nation and government.

According to Mehr News Agency, (MNA), Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi, Iranian ambassador to Lebanon met with Michael Kassarji, chief of the Lebanese Chaldeans.

Michael Kassarji, chief of the Lebanese Chaldeans stressed the need for peaceful coexistence of believers of all religions and sects in Lebanon and the region and said that “the Islamic Republic of Iran is a great state with special consideration of groups, especially in Lebanon, and it has kept good relations with all sides.”

He also appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Chaldean Christians and their activities across the country. Ghazanfar Rokn Abadi, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon congratulated the Lebanese Christians on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ and the Christian New Year and said that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s principle policy is supporting the underprivileged and righteous globally.

“Supporting the underprivileged and righteous has not been limited to a specific religion or sect. Based on the law and Islamic teachings, the Islamic Republic of Iran considers it as its duty to help spread equality regionally and globally,” he added, evaluating Islamic Republic support for Syria in the same framework.

“Similarly in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran moves parallel to the majority demand for reform by President Bashar al-Assad and stands with the Syrian nation and government,” he asserted.





Tunisian protestors deplore recognition of 'Doha coalition'

TUNISIA,(ST)_ More than one hundred Tunisian citizens have protested against their government's recognition of  the Syrian opposition's  "Doha coalition".

The protestors, on Saturday, gathered in Habib Bourguiba Street in Tunis' capital, waved Syria's flags and raised banners slamming conspiracy hatched against Syria.

They chanted slogans supporting the Syria's steadfastness in confronting aggression against it, stressing the conspiracy seeks to destroy resistance and brings the Arab peoples to their knees.

For more than two hours, the protestors shouted slogans hailing Syria and its leadership, deploring attitudes of the west, Turkish PM RecepTayyibErdogan and Emir of Qatar against Syria, which is the last fortress in front of the Israeli enemy.

The Tunisian activist, Naela Rahim, who organised the protest, told SANA reporter: "the Tunisian citizens, who responded to the call for taking part in the protest, have denounced the Tunisian government's stance towards Syria since the beginning of the events."

She added the protest aims at backing Syrian leadership, the Syrian Arab Army, and the people of Syria.

"The Arab region, as a whole, is witnessing a well-hatched conspiracy to destroy our countries to protect Israel's security and enhance west interests in the region and the world as well," the activists said.



Bahrainis Demand Al-Khalifa Regime to End Suppression

Thousands of the Bahraini people in a peaceful protest rally in the capital Manama on Saturday demanded an end to the Al-Khalifa regime's cruelty and suppressive acts.

The peaceful protest took place in Barbar district in Western Manama today, the Lebanese television al-Manar reported.

The protesters, holding Bahrain's flags, reiterated that punishment of those who have committed crimes against the Bahraini citizens and freedom of all political prisoners are their prerequisite for holding dialogue with the Al-Khalifa regime.

The protest gathering was then addressed by several Bahraini opposition leaders and families of the martyrs killed in the security forces' brutal crackdowns on the people.

On Friday, Bahraini security forces attacked demonstrators protesting the Al- Khalifa regime's ongoing crackdown on peaceful protests.

The Saudi-backed forces also fired teargas canisters and rubber bullets at rallying crowd in the village of Mugaba near Manama.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13, 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured.

Police clampdown on protesters continues daily. Authorities have tried to stop organized protests by opposition parties over the past month by refusing to license them and using tear gas on those who turn up.

The opposition coalition wants full powers for the elected parliament and a cabinet fully answerable to parliament.

Amnesty International has announced that more than 200 people, arrested as part of the clampdown against Shiite political opposition in Bahrain, are at the risk of being tortured. Around 250 individuals in Bahrain, who are believed to have been detained, are at risk of torture, the group said. Human Rights Watch also accused Bahrain of restricting the travel of rights activists to prevent them from talking about the arrest of opposition members.


Two Camps in Lebanon for Training Terrorists fighting in Syria: Minister

BEIRUT,(ST)- Lebanese Minister of the Interior Marwan Sharbel disclosed information on the existence of two camps for training  armed terrorist groups for the ( Syrian Opposition) in a remote area in Lebanon .

In a statement to the Lebanese daily As-Safir issued on  Friday , the Lebanese minister expressed fears that what is happening in Syria will take place in Lebanon, since the Lebanese internal arena  is stuffed with all inflammabilities  that are explosive at any time.

"Israel is the major beneficiary  of this partitioned project of the area because it assumes that the existence of ( sectarian  state lets  and islands) around it is a  guarantee for it to exist,"  describing what is happening in the Arab world now as "an Israeli Spring, rather than  an Arab Spring."

He noted  the decision  taken by the Jordanian and Turkish governments to prevent the entry of displaced Palestinians to their territories  and to keep this file confined to Lebanon and warned of the security implications of the  file of the displaced ,  indicating that the rate of murder, robbery and kidnapping crimes  increased  by 50 to 60 percent .

T. Fateh