Iran, Egypt FMs Discussed Situation in Syrian

TEHRAN,(ST)_ Iran 's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi discussed with his  Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr the  situation in Syria and the region.

The two sides stressed , in a telephone talk, on Monday  the need to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria through national dialogue.

The two sides agreed to hold the next meeting of the Member States "Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia," on the crisis in Syria in the near future at the level of Foreign Ministers.


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Ahmadinejad Urges Stronger Unity, Solidarity among Muslims

Iranian President Mahmoud  Ahmadinejad called for forging unity and solidarity among Muslim nations in a bid to confront those countries which seek to sow discord among them   ,according to FNA.

"The imperialist powers have always tried to create differences and rift among the Muslims," the Iranian president said, addressing a large crowd of people in Southwestern province of Khuzestan on Sunday.

President Ahmadinejad underlined that "the world of Islam needs unity more than ever".

In relevant remarks earlier this year, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned Muslim nations about the plots hatched by enemies to sow discord in the Islamic community.

The Leader reiterated that the world arrogance aims to divide the Muslims pitting them against each other. 

"Therefore, the main duty of the elites in the Muslim world is to help expose the enemies' plots and take serious efforts to materialize the motto of Islamic unity," Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.


Saudi Sends More Tanks, Arms to Bahrain

Saudi Arabia sent more tanks and weapons for its troops in Bahrain during the Formula One Grand Prix auto race in Manama.

Bahraini activists have said that the tanks were sent by heavy military transport vehicles, which crossed the main bridge that links the two neighboring countries, press tv reported.

Meanwhile, Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces clashed with pro-democracy protesters, who held demonstrations on Sunday across the country against the Grand Prix race.

The violence erupted when police attacked protesters blocking roads in Manama. The protesters also burnt tires on roads in villages outside Manama, according to witnesses.

Protests have increased in Bahrain as the Manama regime prepares to host the controversial sporting event.

Bahrain's public security chief, Major General Tariq Hassan said in a statement, "Police are out in force to beef up security measures at the Bahrain International Circuit."

On Saturday, police fired tear gas at anti-regime demonstrators calling for the cancelation of the sporting event over the regime's crackdown on peaceful protests.

Similar demonstrations were held on Friday, when tens of thousands of Bahrainis rallied along the Budaiya highway West of Manama to demand the cancelation of the race.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.

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 Gulf kingdom on March 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.


Bahrain protests over Grand Prix

Bahrain anti-government activists have clashed with police and blocked roads into the capital, in a bid to disrupt the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The protesters accuse the government of using the race to gain international recognition and cover up rights abuses.

Witnesses said access to the Formula 1 event had been largely unaffected by the demonstrations.

The island nation has been convulsed by protests since early 2011, in which dozens of people have died.

The protesters are demanding greater rights from the ruling royal family.

Early on Sunday groups of young men gathered and blocked roads into the capital with

The police clashed with the demonstrators and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.

Youths threw stones and petrol bombs in response, according to witnesses.

Sporadic clashes have taken place over the past few days in villages around the capital.

Protesters have chanted slogans including "your race is a crime" and "no, no to the race of blood".

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said on Saturday that the race had given the protesters a platform.

"The government here were stupid, in a lot of ways, to put this race on," he said.

But he added: "I don't think it's for us to decide the politics, good or bad. It's a good circuit, a good race, and we think everybody's happy so we're here."

The two sides have held talks, but the opposition has stated repeatedly that the talks cannot succeed without a senior member of the ruling family.

Hardliners loyal to unelected Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, who has been in his post since 1971, are said to be hindering the dialogue process.

They fear that offering any concessions will erode their power and encourage more demands.

The race, which was first run in Bahrain in 2004, was cancelled two years ago following the forced clearance of a Manama landmark, Pearl Roundabout.

In the unrest that followed more than 50 people died, hundreds were arrested and thousands dismissed from their jobs.


Iranian Parliamentary Delegation Arrives in Damascus

A delegation of Iranian parliamentarians arrived in Damascus on Saturday to meet with high-ranking Damascus officials on the latest developments in Syria.

"The Iran-Syria Parliamentary Friendship Group headed by Alaeddin Boroujerdi (who is also the Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission) arrived in Damascus for a three-day visit," Iranian Parliament Speaker's top advisor for international affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam told the Parliament's website today.

"Strengthening the parliamentary relations between Iran and Syria and conferring on regional issues, specially the situation in Syria, are high on the agenda of the group in their meetings with the Syrian parliamentary and government officials," he added, according to FNA.

Sheikholeslam said that four other Iranian MPs also accompany Boroujerdi in the trip.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.

In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.