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Ahmadinejad calls for new world order

Ahmadinejad calls for new world order
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that a new world order needs to emerge, away from years of American ‘bullying’ and domination.

Ahmadinejad spoke to The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly his last as president of Iran.

He also discussed solutions for Syria, dismissed the question of Iran’s nuclear ambition and claimed that despite Western sanctions his country is better off than it was when he took office in 2005.

‘God willing, a new order will come together and we’ll do away with everything that distances us,’ Ahmadinejad said. ‘Now even elementary school kids throughout the world have understood that the United States government is following an international policy of bullying. They command from behind the microphone. They command and impose their wills on how things should be done. I do believe the system of empires has reached the end of the road. The world can no longer see an emperor commanding it.’

‘Bullying must come to an end. Occupation must come to an end,’ he added.

Ahmadinejad said Iran was one of nearly a dozen countries forming a new contact group to try to end the 18-month-old civil war in Syria. The group would include ‘10 or 11 countries in the Middle East and elsewhere and meet in New York ‘very soon’, Ahmadinejad said.

He said the group hopes to get government and the opposition to sit across from each other. Activists say nearly 30,000 people have died in the Syrian uprising that began in the March 2011. Earlier this month, Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi announced the formation of a four-member contact group with Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia so far has not participated.

It was unclear how Ahmadinejad’s contact group would combine with the earlier effort by Morsi or mediating efforts of international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

He announced it ahead of a Friday meeting of key countries in the so-called Friends of Syria group, which supports the opposition and is planning for a transition after the departure of President Bashar Assad.   


GLOBAL POWERS TO MEET ON IRAN


World powers leading negotiations with Iran to try to persuade it to abandon its suspect nuclear program will meet tomorrow on the sidelines of a UN summit, a US official said. The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said ministers from the P5+1 group – the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France plus Germany – would hold talks in New York to see how they could push the talks forward. ‘We can confirm that there will be on Thursday a meeting of the P5+1 at the political directors level, that will be followed by a P5+1 ministerial,’ the official told reporters late Tuesday. ‘It is a way for the P5+1 to consult and take stock of where we are and consider our next steps.’ The news came as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shrugged off threats of a military strike on his country’s nuclear facilities, showing defiance ahead of his final appearance at the UN General Assembly this week. Ahmadinejad criticised Western powers for their sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme and for allowing filmmakers and cartoonists to lampoon the Prophet Mohammed in what he branded a ‘sacrilege’ of Islam. The United States and its European allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear bomb and the UN Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran. Ahmadinejad’s govt insists it is seeking peaceful applications of nuclear power in energy generation and medical research.
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