Saturday, August 28, 2004

Campaign against terrorism meant to increase global hegemony: Majlis speaker

Description of Selected News: "Campaign against terrorism meant to increase global hegemony: Majlis speaker

Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel said here Saturday that foreigners’ rhetoric about a campaign against terrorism is only an excuse to increase their global hegemony, as is evident from their military presence in Africa and Iraq.

Speaking in a meeting with the chairman of the National Defense and Foreign Policy Committee of Ethiopia's Parliamentary Assembly, Haile Kiros Gessesse, he pointed out that the Iraq experience has shown that the occupying forces have brought something to the region more terrible than terrorism.

He added that Iran has prioritized the expansion of relations with countries with ancient cultures like Ethiopia.

He also opined that the prospects are good for increased Iran-Ethiopia cooperation.

The Ethiopian lawmaker, for his part, stated that terrorism tends to become internationalized and grow wherever there is fertile ground.

Gessesse also hailed the strong determination of the Iranian people and authorities to overcome the economic problems of the country.

Ethiopia's culture and traditions have been influenced by Iran's rich culture, he said, adding that there is great potential to promote bilateral relations due to the cultural and political affinities between Iran and Ethiopia.

In the meeting, the Ethiopian MP called on Iran's Majlis to redouble efforts to expand Tehran-Addis Ababa relations."

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