October 27, 2009
Ahmadinejad to Erdogan: Unity foils enemy plots
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stressed the importance of strengthening unity among regional countries to thwart plots hatched by the enemy.
“Presence and interference of foreign powers have caused many economical and security problems for regional countries,” Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with the visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran on Tuesday.
“Iran and Turkey have common interests and are faced with similar threats. If they reinforce their unity, they will overcome serious threats and make use of opportunities in favor of their own nations,” he added.
Ahmadinejad hailed Turkey’s stance on Israel and said, “The Zionist regime is a threat to all nations…It cannot tolerate the existence of any strong country in the region.”
Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Erdogan arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran on Monday night and was officially welcomed by Iran’s Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi.
The Turkish premier plans to meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei during his two-day stay in Tehran.