Iran Urges Outsiders to Leave Region

A05233319.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has urged outsiders to leave the Middle East, saying it would be the best choice before them.

“Those who have come to the region from tens of thousands of kilometers away are after their illegal and illegitimate interests by imposing their will on regional nations and countries,” Mottaki said in a joint press conference with the Leader of Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun in Tehran on Monday.

Referring to US effort to isolate the Islamic Republic, he said that Washington intended to cause strife between regional countries and made huge investment to achieve its goal.

“Despite such efforts, officials of regional countries paid visits to Iran and stressed strengthening relations with the Islamic Republic.”

The Iranian Foreign Minster went on to say that the enemies’ plots have ‘failed to materialize’ because the people of the region ‘full know what they are doing’.

Mottaki added that Iran and Lebanon would work to further promote relations. “The future is promising,” he said, press tv reported.

He praised participation of regional countries in reconstruction of Lebanon after the Israel’s 33-day war against the country in 2006, saying, “The international community has the duty to help countries under such circumstances.”

Aoun for his part said that Iran supports strengthening national unity in Lebanon and has never helped enemies of the country.

Iran helps Lebanon in confronting its problems, he said and added that the two countries should boost cooperation in a way that serves interests of Iranian and Lebanese peoples and other nations in the region.

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