Return to friendly ties key to solve regional problems: Iran

TEHRAN, May 24 (MNA) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested here on Sunday that a return to friendly relations is the key to resolving regional problems.

“Resolving the regional problems needs a return to friendly relations with an emphasis on common cultural and civilization values,” he said during a trilateral summit in Tehran attended by Pakistan's Asif Ali Zardari and Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai.

 

The presidents were due to discuss economic and security cooperation, campaign against drug trafficking, organized terrorism, and the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Last month, Kabul hosted a trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the three countries. 

 

The president added, “I am sure that this new approach will boost unity, security and cooperation in our region because we are the three nations who share common history and civilization.”

 

Commenting on the importance of meetings among regional states, Ahmadinejad pointed out, “Meetings between brothers and neighbors have always been important and constructive. Under the current circumstances, meetings between brothers in a region which is under heavy pressures … are definitely important.”

 

Ahmadinejad made a reference to the current problems the three countries face, saying, “Human and drugs trafficking have affected the three nations and if a solution is not worked out today, the future generations will not forgive us.”

 

The president also questioned the presence of foreigners in the region.   

 

“Although the foreign forces are present in our region under the (pretext of) establishing security, these forces have not been able to help create lasting security, and political and economic advancement (of the region).”

 

The next meeting will be held in Pakistan.

 

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