Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Khatami and Mar'ashi Visit Jordan

Mehr News Agency English: "Khatami, Jordanian Prime Minister Discuss Regional Developments, Bilateral Ties
TEHRAN, June 22 (MNA) -- Visiting Jordanian Prime Minister Faisel al-Fayez met with President Mohammad Khatami here on Tuesday to discuss regional developments and the expansion of bilateral cooperation.
At the meeting, Khatami said the restoration of peace and stability in the region is essential for regional development.

According to the Presidential office, Khatami said, 'We are trying to become powerful in an effort to render more services to other nations and to maintain our defensive capabilities? instead of misusing them to attack others.'

Voicing satisfaction about the expansion of bilateral ties as well as the exchanges of visits between the two countries? high-ranking officials, President Khatami said that Islamic countries in the region must strengthen their diplomatic relations.

Power can be attained by fostering regional cooperation, negotiating settlements of differences, and finding common ground, he pointed out.

It is not possible to become a powerful country by turning the country into a warehouse for the military equipment of other countries, he said, adding, ?We should acquire scientific and technological expertise which can be achieved through collective cooperation and solidarity.'

Referring to the current situation in occupied Palestine and the crimes committed by the Zionist regime with the support of a number of other countries, he said, 'We should be a harbinger of peace in the world. Lasting peace in the region could be established by restoring the Palestinian people?s rights.'

On the situation in Iraq, Khatami said that, unfortunately, the arrogance of U.S. officials and"


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