Iran warns against Israeli plots in region
rahul | November 1, 2008 at 08:20 amby
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Iran's Foreign Minister urges regional states to remain vigilant about Israel's plots and interference in other countries' internal affairs. "We witness (Israel's) interference in the Caucasus, Lebanon and Palestine which is aimed at mounting conflict and damaging interests and territorial integrity. Regional countries should remain vigilant to fight conspiracies,” Manouchehr Mottaki said in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Ali Babacan. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum regional meeting, which opened in Istanbul on October 30. The Iranian Foreign Minister also expressed hope that regional countries would do their utmost to establish peace and stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan. Babacan for his part expressed concerns over the escalation of security problems in Afghanistan. Mottaki's trip to Turkey comes as Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni recently called on Turkey to act more firmly to isolate Iran. "We must continue to strengthen international pressure against Iran and its President (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)," Livni said. However, Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the opening speech of the World Economic Forum described the motion as a 'misguided' strategy. "Dialogue between countries in the region is better than pressure from outside," he added. Turkish President Abdullah Gul had also said in August that Ankara would not be influenced by others in its relations with neighbors, stressing that "for Turkey what other countries think is of no importance." Mottaki also held talks with Turkish Foreign Trade Minister, Kursad Tuzmen, and Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab. SF/CW/DT, Original source at PressTV
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