Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, held talks with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, on the first leg of a tour that will also take him to Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. It was his first visit to Afghanistan since he was elected president.
Kabul’s main ally, the United States, recently alleged that Iranian-made weapons were reaching the Taleban.
“The same allegations are made in Iraq. They are saying that they discover some weapons,” Mr Ahmadinejad said at a press conference he addressed jointly with President Karzai.
“What is the reason? Why are they saying such things? Iran is a big country. I have serious doubts about this issue,” he said.
Mr. Karzai, who has accepted large amounts of aid from Iran, tried to play the peacemaker:
If Afghanistan can bring them [Iran and the United States] closer, that will be a great happiness for Afghanistan – but it depends on both sides,” he said.
“There is no truth on earth but monotheism and following tenets of Islam and there is no way for salvation of mankind but rule of Islam over mankind,” he said.
Hey, what ev’s.
He also mimicked Western lefties with some cute peace and love/social justice type tripe. This could have been written by Cindy Sheehan:
“Those who only believe in using weapons to solve problems of mankind are deeply mistaken.”
“Mankind’s problems should be solved through negotiations and observing justice.”
“Imposing unjust systems by certain powers are another cause of terrorism,” President Ahmadinejad said adding, “The fight against terrorism requires a collective will and a serious move.”
Anyone want to venture a guess about whom he means by “certain powers”?
H/T: Gateway Pundit
It looks like the Bush Administration just negated all of Ahmadinejad’s peace and justice talk by officially labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, “specially designated global terrorists”.
The main goal of the new designation is to clamp down on the Revolutionary Guard’s vast business network, as well as on foreign companies conducting business linked to the military unit and its personnel. The administration plans to list many of the Revolutionary Guard’s financial operations.
“Anyone doing business with these people will have to reevaluate their actions immediately,” said a U.S. official familiar with the plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. “It increases the risks of people who have until now ignored the growing list of sanctions against the Iranians. It makes clear to everyone who the IRGC and their related businesses really are. It removes the excuses for doing business with these people.”
Wow, it’s about time!
More about this at Hot Air
H/T: Ace of Spades HQ