Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Rafsanjani Calls for elimination of Tehran-Amman tensions

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LONDON, Jan 18 (IranMania) - Iran's State Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday Muslim states need to be more sincere in their positions in light of the current situation.

In a meeting with Jordan's Ambassador in Tehran Ahmad Jalal Al-Meflah, Rafsanjani underlined the need to eliminate all kinds of tension and disputes between Tehran and Amman, Iran Daily reported.

Referring to the regional situation and challenges facing Muslim countries, the SEC chief said countries should take stock of the current conditions and consolidate their ties.

Rafsanjani further said establishment of a nationally elected government in Iraq will help prepare the ground for further Tehran-Amman cooperation.

The Jordanian ambassador also expressed his country's readiness to expand relations with Iran, saying their cooperation should be further enhanced through settlement of recent disputes.

Meflah added that development of joint activities was in the interest of the two sides' nations and governments.

According to a report by SEC's Public Relations Office carried by IRNA on Monday, Rafsanjani was responding to a call by the Party of Determination of Iranian Nation to run for a third term in office.

He said although he would prefer to stay away from the presidential race, he will not hesitate to run if it becomes a matter of duty.

"I am going to wait and stay out of the race as much as possible, but if I feel it my duty, I will not wait any longer," he said.

Rafsanjani has announced in many press interviews that he is still not convinced about participating in the election, hoping that there will be no need for his "presence on the executive scene".

A large number of political groups and parties affiliated to the rightist faction have thrown their full weight behind the veteran politician if he decides to run."