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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Leader: Iran-Turkey ties disturb US, Israel

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 13:59:45 GMT      |    PressTV

Visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul meets with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah 
Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says certain parties are opposed to the expansion of Iran-Turkey ties.

"The US and Israel are against close Iran and Turkey ties however Tehran and Ankara must make every effort to protect their mutual interests," said the Leader in a meeting with visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

Ayatollah Khamenei went on to cite the Turkey-Iran-Pakistan railroad project as one of the many instances of positive cooperation between Tehran and Ankara.

Pointing to the political stance adopted by the US on recent global events such as the war on Gaza, the Leader downplayed the pledge by US President Barack Obama to bring about "change" in White House policies.

"The American administration is on the same path it was before and there is no sign that it is making any attempt to rectify its mistakes," Ayatollah Khamenei explained.

The Leader went on to praise Turkey's stance in the Gaza crisis, saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reaction in the Davos Forum was admirable.

Erdogan marched off the stage in front of Israeli President Shimon Peres and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, after saying that Israel committed "barbarian" acts in Gaza, and lashing out at the audience for applauding Peres's remarks made in defense of the war. He vowed he would never return to Davos.

Israel launched Operation Cast Lead on December 27 to topple the democratically-elected government of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The three-week offensive left nearly 1,300 Palestinians dead, more than half of them civilians.

President Gul, who is in Tehran to attend the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit, said for his part that the Palestinian issue is not only a cause for concern for Muslims but also the entire world.

"Muslim countries should do everything in their power to vindicate the rights of the Palestinian nation."

The Turkish president termed Iran-Turkey relations as amicable, saying that the two countries could revive the Silk Road hand-in-hand. 

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