A round up of various news articles taken directly from Saudi and Iranian news sources.
Annapolis Exercise In Futility
Adversaries Erred on Nuclear Issue
TEHRAN, Nov. 25–President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Sunday that the so-called Middle East peace conference to be held in Annapolis, in the US state of Maryland, will produce nothing (positive) for the Palestinians as it is inherently aimed at supporting Israel.
In a meeting with a group of Basijis (Islamic volunteer forces), he said such gatherings will be futile as long as the rights of the Palestinian nation are not fully restored, IRNA reported.
Participation in the US-sponsored meeting is a sign of political ignorance, he complained. “Those attending are indeed offering concessions to the Zionist occupiers and will not be remembered with good memories by history and
Elsewhere the president said, “In our opinion, the country’s nuclear file, as a political issue, is closed and enemies cannot get any concessions from the Iranian nation with their hues and cries.“
“Recent reports by the UN nuclear watchdog proved that Iran’s nuclear program is of a peaceful nature and there is no diversion,“ he said.
Terming IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei’s last report on Iran as a big victory for the nation, Ahmadinejad said this success is several hundred times more valuable than the nationalization of Iran’s oil industry several decades ago. “The nation has been successful in restoring its nuclear rights.“
Adversaries and opponents of the Iranian nation had made some wrong decisions based on false information and hurled baseless charges against the nation, he recalled in reference to the western-engineered crisis over the nuclear program.
“The time has come for you (hostile powers) to be courageous and accept your mistakes. The Iranian nation is great and will forgive you. The major problem with the enemies is that they are not ready to accept their misjudgments and still want concessions, even a minor one, from the nation, the news agency quoted him as saying.
“I recommend they rectify their errors bravely. What is certain is that they will not get any concession from our people.“
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives telephone call from Iranian President
Riyadh, November 25, SPA — The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received today a telephone call from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran.
During the call, they discussed ways of enhancing relations between the two countries as well as the latest developments at the regional and international arenas, particularly in the Middle East.
Saudi Envoy hails Kingdom’s modernization and reform program
TUNIS, SEPT 24, SPA — SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO TUNISIA IBRAHIM AL-BRAHIM HAS SAID THE PROCESS OF MODERNIZATION AND REFORM BEING WITNESSED BY THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA IS STEMMED FROM DOMESTIC REQUIREMENTS WHICH MEET THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE AND PRESERVE THE PARTICULARITIES OF THE SOCIETY.
‘THIS PROCESS HAS NOT COME DUE TO FOREIGN PRESSURES’, HE SAID IN A STATEMENT PUBLISHED BY TUNIS-BASED AL-SABAH NEWSPAPER.
‘THE KINGDOM, WHICH NEVER TOLERATES ANY FORM OF INTERVENTION IN ITS DOMESTIC AFFAIRS, BELIEVES THAT EVERY SOCIETY HAS ITS OWN PARTICULARITIES.
HE UNDERSCORED THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERTING INTERNATIONAL COLLECTIVE EFFORTS FOR COMBATING TERRORISM.
ALBRAHIM CALLED FOR DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN TERRORISM AND LEGAL RESISTANCE.
THE AMBASSADOR REITERATED THE KINGDOM’S INALIENABLE SUPPORT TO LEBANON AND ITS EFFORTS TO CONFRONT THE ISRAELI AGGRESSION.
The original article is published in all caps.
Canada’s Anti-Iran Resolution Protested
NEW YORK, Nov. 21–Iran’s UN envoy Mohammad Khazaei condemned Canada for abusing the UN human rights mechanism.
His remark on Wednesday came after a UN General Assembly committee passed a Canada-backed draft resolution on Tuesday claiming “deep concern at ongoing human rights violations“ in Iran, IRNA reported.
The assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution by a vote of 72-50 with 55 abstentions. The draft now goes to the 192-member General Assembly for a final vote.
In a statement before the vote on the draft resolution, Khazaei criticized Canada, the main sponsor among 41 other nations of the draft resolution, for resorting to “illusionary and non-existing claims and allegations“ to gain support for the vote.
He also accused the Canadian government of falsely portraying itself as a human rights leader while certain parts of its own population, especially minorities, immigrants, foreigners and indigenous people, suffers from discriminatory treatment.
“We are witnessing, once again, Canada’s attempt to abuse the UN human rights mechanism by presenting yet another non-objective, confrontational and counter-productive draft resolution against the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Third Committee,“ he said.
“Canada seems to be determined, to the dismay of the international community, to pursue its ulterior ends and illegitimate political interests. It is deeply unfortunate that manipulation and abuse of the United Nations human rights mechanisms have become a prevalent tradition.“
Khazaei noted that Iran is convinced that such an ill-intended practice has nothing to do with the cause of human rights in any part of the world.
Iran to hold int’l tourism exhibit
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 21:09:41
Iran is scheduled to host the 4th International Middle-East Tourism and Handicrafts Exhibition in the historical city of Shiraz.
The private and public sectors of Turkey, Malaysia, India, Emirates, Oman, South Africa and Kenya along with Iran’s Kish Island, Qeshm and Chabahar free trade zones will participate in the event.
Iran’s ICHTO and International Exhibitions Cooperative have sponsored the exhibition which will be held after a two-year hiatus from November 22nd to 25th, 2007.
Iran is one of the most productive Middle Eastern countries famous for its attractive tourist spots and unique handicrafts.
Iran, China begin Khuzestan oil project
Thu, 22 Nov 2007 17:45:50
Iran starts a project to develop the Masjed Soleyman oil field– which is the oldest in the Middle East region– in the south of the country.
The project aimed at producing 100 million barrels of crude per year is carried out by an Iranian-Chinese consortium.
The consortium is made up of China’s National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and Iran’s Naftgaran Engineering & Services Co.
The $151 million development project will be completed over a three-year period.
Once implemented, the Masjed Soleyman oil field is expected to yield 25,000 barrels a day, for which 17 wells must be drilled, the project manager said.