Ahmadinejad: The UN Has Run its Course


assad-with-ahmadinejadIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Damascus for a formal visit today, meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad and exiled Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal. He also met with representatives from nine other Palestinian groups. The Iranian leader utilized the platform not only for cordial tête-à-têtes, but also to attack “international Fragile Rapprochement organizations founded after World War II” – hinting but not naming the United Nations – that “have run their course.”He called for a comprehensive reform of the organizations in question because the West “is trying to open today’s advanced locks with yesterday’s keys. For decades now they are clinging to policies that lag behind, and the world is changing.

“Experience has proven that the organizations established after World War II have run their course and cannot solve the problems of today’s world. They can’t achieve security for the world because their positions are built on discrimination,” Ahmadinejad said.

“We must invest new efforts to reform these systems, like the economic system and defense systems based only on the interests of the superpowers. All this must change.”

Ahmadinejad’s meetings with the heads of ten Palestinian organizations were intended to coordinate positions in light of the change of government in Israel.

Leader of the Palestinian Popular Struggle group, Khalid ‘Abd al-Majid, said ahead of the meeting that the move would make clear to new Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that the Palestinians were united against the “racist” steps taken by his government, such as the expansion of settlements.

Ahmadinejad and Assad held a joint press conference following their meeting. “Iran and Syria are important and influential states in the regional and international arena. For decades there has been a united front against foreign involvement by the superpowers,” Ahmadinejad told reporters.

The Iranian president asserted that Tehran and Damascus are on their way to victory over the West.

“We must prevent the involvement of those international elements so that our region is free and independent and peaceful. The decisions for the region will only be made by the region.

Assad on his part said that the meeting in Damascus “is testament to the importance of the relationship between Syria and Iran. The relationship between us is natural, and it is our duty to deepen it.”

The Syrian president said the two discussed the plight of the Palestinian people, the situation in Iraq, and the Iranian nuclear program.

“We talked about the suffering of the Palestinian people, and what action must be taken to break the siege on the Gaza Strip. I emphasized to President Ahmadinejad Syria’s position, that Iran has every right to pursue nuclear power for peaceful purposes. There are various elements that doubt this project. They should express those opinions about Israel’s military nuclear project, if only in the name of justice and credibility,” Assad said.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/Ynet}