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UAE calls for Iran to respect Gulf neighbours(AFP) Iran should respect the unity of its Arab neighbours in the Gulf, the United Arab Emirates foreign minister said on Wednesday at a time of heightened regional tension.Iran should reconsider its policies in the region, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Gulf Cooperation Council, told a news conference in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.And it should respect the unity and sovereignty of Gulf countries, he said at the end of an annual GCC-European Union ministerial meeting.Im trying to choose my words carefully. I dont want to act like some Iranian officials who throw their words in an abrasive and indecent way, Sheikh Abdullah said.All I wish for is that Iran view its neighbours with
responsibility and respect.Tension has been running high between Iran and its Arab neighbours across the Gulf, with the two sides locked in a war of words since Shiite-led protests against Bahrains ruling Sunni dynasty broke out in mid-February.A Saudi-led Gulf force including UAE police rolled into Bahrain on March 14, freeing up Bahraini security forces to crush the protest movement in the only Shiite-majority Arab state of the Gulf, in a move condemned by Iran.A joint GCC-EU statement issued after Wednesdays meeting backed the deployment.It said the two blocs played up the importance of respect for the sovereignty of GCC member states and recognised the GCC is entitled to take all necessary measures to protect
their citizens.The statement followed a meeting in Abu Dhabi between EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Bahrains King Hamad.Ive just had a meeting with his majesty the king of Bahrain. We discussed the importance of meaningful dialogue, meeting the aspirations of the people of Bahrain and... the respect of human rights there, Ashton told reporters.Twenty-four people were killed in the one-month long uprising in the tiny Gulf kingdom, according to its interior ministry. Four others have died since in detention, drawing condemnation from the EU, Washington and rights groups.On Monday, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa said the Gulf troops had entered his country to deter an external threat, a
Iran sees further rise in oil prices by end 2011
(AFP) Iran, which chairs the oil producers cartel OPEC, said on Tuesday it expects global crude prices to further rise by the end of 2011 while the secretary-general urged wealthy G8 countries to cut fuel taxes.The price of oil depends on two things. First, the fundamentals, including supply and demand and then the political, psychological and unforseen elements. Based on these factors, oil prices should increase again by end of the year, Irans representative to OPEC, Mohammad Ali Khatibi, told reporters in Tehran.He said oil demand in 2001 will be high, between 1.3 million barrels per day to 1.6 mbpd.What is certain is that we will see a rise in demand, he said.On Monday, the secretary general of OPEC, Abdullah El-Badri had expressed concern over the high price of oil but added the market had adequate supplies of the commodity.We see that there is a 15-20 dollar premium risk at this time, Badri told reporters in Kuwait.On Tuesday, he was in Tehran for the 50th anniversary of the founding of OPEC, and reiterated that the market was adequately supplied with crude oil.He said there was no shortage of oil in the market. OPEC has said repeatedly there is no shortage of oil anywhere in the world and stocks are high, El-
Badri told reporters.OPEC has done its part to ensure that the market is adequately supplied with crude and it will be useful in this challenging time if consuming countries, who impose high taxes on oil, revise it temporarily because we are in an exceptional circumstance that needs exceptional solution.We ask the governments of the G8, which have more taxes and are making more money from taxes than the producing nations from selling ... we urge them to reduce the taxes, El-Badri said.I think the market is comfortable and we (OPEC) already have 4.5 million barrels per day that we can send to market ... (there is) no shortage in market and stocks are high, he added.El-Badri said that crude prices will remain above 100 dollars per barrel for the rest of the year when asked if prices would fall below that level.Oil fell in Asian trade Tuesday after a bearish Standard and Poors report on the United States, but geopolitical risks in the Arab world will continue to drive prices higher, analysts said.New Yorks main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in May dipped 27 cents to 106.85 dollars a barrel, while Brent North Sea crude for June eased 35 cents to 121.26 dollars in the afternoon.
Ahmadinejad accuses US of creating Iran, Arab tension
(AFP) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday accused the United States of wanting to create tension between Iran and Arabs, after Gulf Arab states urged the Iranian regime to stop interfering in their affairs.America and its allies are trying to create an Iranian-Arab tension, they seek to sow discord among Shiites and Sunnis... but their plan will fail, the hardliner said at Irans annual Army Day parade, where the military displayed a range of home-built drones and missiles.America is not an honest friend and the record shows it has drawn swords against its own friends and those who have sacrificed themselves for America, Ahmadinejad said in a speech broadcast live on state television.America has done it in order to save its interests. But they should know that they have no place among nations,
Ahmadinejad said.His latest outburst came a day after the Gulf Cooperation Councils six member states, who are all ruled by Sunnis, called on the Iranian regime to stop its interference in the GCC.The group called in a statement on the international community and the (UN) Security Council to take the necessary measures to make flagrant Iranian interference and provocations aimed at sowing discord and destruction among GCC states.Ahmadinejad said Iran was a close friend of world nations and with alertness of people
and their politicians, the new plot by the world arrogance will not prevail.He added that the Zionist leaders in the United States would also fail in their attempt to save the Zionist regime in Israel.The Iranian president also predicted a new Middle East would emerge but it would not be dominated by the United States and Israel.They are seeking a new Middle East. Sure, the people of the region want a new one too but with Gods divine grace, a new Middle East without the American dominance and the presence of the Zionist regime will materialise, he said.
Iran lawmakers: Ahmadinejad must back intel chief
AP- Political pressures mounted on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after more than 200 lawmakers warned Wednesday that he must obey an order from the countrys supreme leader reinstating Irans powerful intelligence minister.The showdown over Heidar Moslehi has brought fresh allegations that Ahmadinejad and his allies are trying to grab more power and challenge the all-encompassing authority of Irans ruling clerics. It also pointed to a potential fissure in the heart of Ahmadinejads government as its base of support shrinks among parliament members and others.Moslehi resigned Sunday following reported internal disputes with Ahmadinejad and the president publicly accepted it. But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei quickly ordered that Moslehi remain on the job, which has a key role in Irans relentless crackdown on dissident.A statement signed by 216 parliament members more than two-thirds of the 290-seat chamber warned Ahmadinejad that he cannot ignore Khamenei, who has the last word in all state affairs.
The parliament expects nothing but total obedience to ... the order without any question. (Khamenei) is above the three branches of power and the executive branch is defined under the supreme leader, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted lawmaker Hossein Naqavi as saying.Ahmadinejad still holds highly influential backers, including the Revolutionary Guard that has sway over crucial programs such as Irans nuclear efforts and oil industry. But the current tensions show a potentially widening gap between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei, who has shown displeasure with the presidents overreaching ambitions in the past.Hardline media claim that Moslehi had been forced to resign after he fired one of his deputies, Hossein Abdollahi, without consulting Ahmadinejad.But the core dispute appears to be over Ahmadinejads close confidant, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, whose views have outraged hard-liners, including a claim that Irans ideology should take precedent over promoting Islam on the world stage. Mashaei also has close ties to the dismissed deputy Abdollahi.Khameneis intervention to reinstate Moslehi has put Ahmadinejad in an awkward position: either openly snub Irans top leader and risk more fallout from Khamenei or submit to the order and lose a high-profile political fight.A pro-government website, dolatyar.com, posted a report Wednesday quoting Ahmadinejad as saying he didnt recognize Moslehi as his intelligence minister. Hours later, it removed the report. But the presidents website still carried the report of Moslehis resignation with no mention of Khameneis rejection.The parliament declaration claimed Ahmadinejad is challenging one of the bedrock tenets of Irans theocracy by
openly defying the supreme leader, who is considered by hard-l