Saturday, October 09, 2004

Iran, Syria Need Cooperation for Stability in ME: Khatami

Iran, Syria Need Cooperation for Stability in ME: Khatami: "Iran, Syria Need Cooperation for Stability in ME: Khatami

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DAMASCUS/TOKYO, 9 October 2004 — Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said on Thursday Syria and Iran had to cooperate for the sake of stability in the Middle East and in the face of pressure from the United States. “These pressures have always existed and we have to neutralize them through our cooperation,” the official news agencies of both countries reported Khatami as saying in Damascus at the start of his visit to Syria.

Khatami’s visit comes at a time when Tehran and Damascus are facing mounting US pressure over allegedly seeking to acquire weapons of mass destruction and for supporting anti-Israeli occupation groups. Tehran says it will not give in to foreign pressure to halt what it calls a peaceful nuclear energy program but which the United States says is a covert scheme to build nuclear bombs.

Khatami said his talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad would focus on ways of maintaining stability in the Middle East in view of escalated Israeli violence and developments in neighboring Iraq. Both Syria and Iran strongly opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq. “In our meetings we will try to cooperate toward ensuring calm and stability in the crisis-ridden Middle East region,” Khatami said. “The situation is getting more perilous because of the inhuman and violent actions of the Zionist regime.”

Syria’s official news agency later reported the two presidents discussed Israel’s “inhuman operations” against Palestinians and emphasized the importance of a united and independent Iraq.

Syria’s support for Palestinian and Lebanese resistance groups and allegations Damascus was pursuing weapons of mass destruction were among key reasons behind US economic sanctions in May.

Washington also wants Syria to seal its border with Iraq because of anti-US occupation fighters and to pull its troops out of neighboring Lebanon where Damascus keeps around 14,000 soldiers under a bilateral deal with Beirut."

Russian president plans to meet with mullahs of Iran Persian Journal

Russian president plans to meet with mullahs of Iran Persian Journal Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Russian president plans to meet with mullahs of Iran
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to visit Iran where Russia will continue to assist in development of a civilian nuclear program, a senior Russian official said here Thursday.

"We do not have a concrete date for a visit by the president to Iran, but there is a firm agreement with the Iranian side that this visit will take place in the foreseeable future," Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Alekseyev said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Tehran for two days starting Sunday for talks with mullahs of Iran that could finalize details for a trip there by Putin, Alekseyev told reporters at a briefing.

Iran's mullahs are under mounting international pressure to suspend uranium enrichment activities until its nuclear program is investigated thoroughly by independent experts, and Russia is also being squeezed for assisting in its development."

Iran urges joint oil shipping line with Kazakhstan - Shariatmadari

IranMania News: "Iran urges joint oil shipping line with Kazakhstan

Saturday, October 09, 2004 - ©2004

LONDON, Oct 9 (IranMania) - Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari in Almaty stressed the necessity of setting up Iran-Kazakhstan preferential tariff system.

His remarks were made in his meeting with Kazakh Prime Minister Daniyel Akhmetov. He urged the establishment of a joint shipping line for transport of oil between Iran and Kazakhstan.

He expressed Iran's determination to transit oil and gas via its territory, saying that it would be better to sign an agreement for investment in this field.

He expressed dissatisfaction with the limitation imposed by Kazakhstan on Iranian companies for carrying out development projects.

Shariatmadari called on the Kazakh officials to cooperate with Iranian firms in this aspect.

The Kazakh prime minister, for his part, stressed the need to lay a pipeline between Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, terming Iran as the most economical route for oil transport.

During Shariatmadari's visit, two commercial memoranda of understanding (MOUs) were signed by the Iranian minister and the Kazakh minister of industry and trade.

Shariatmadari's visit took place at the invitation of Kazakh Minister of Industry and Trade Adibek Dzhaksybekov."

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Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage: "Iran's Rafsanjani says may stand for presidency
Sat 9 October, 2004 12:17

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian political heavyweight and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said he is considering standing for the presidency in polls next year, according to a newspaper.

Rafsanjani, a business-minded, mid-ranking cleric would be a strong candidate for president with the likely support of Iran's resurgent conservatives. He is also a top advisor to Iran's most powerful figure Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"If there is no other suitable candidate, I will run in the next presidential elections for the sake of Islam and the revolution," the Hambastegi daily on Saturday quoted the 70-year old as saying in a speech to students in the holy city of Qom.

"I have told the supreme leader not to order me and to let doors be opened for other candidates," he added.

Rafsanjani had previously played down interest in running for president when reformist President Mohammad Khatami has to step down after two terms in office in the middle of next year.

Rafsanjani is seen as a pragmatic conservative whose 1989-1997 presidency was marked by modest cultural relaxations and pushes for economic restructuring.

He heads the Expediency Council, Iran's top legislative arbitration council. The Expediency Council this month overhauled a key plank of the constitution to allow large-scale privatisations.

Although viewed as business-minded, in contrast to radical conservative parliamentarians, Rafsanjani has recently been keen to deny that he has amassed great wealth.

He has been plagued by rumours he and his proteges have huge holdings in pistachio farming, airlines and car industry. He says he is poorer now than before the 1979 Islamic revolution."