The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad arrived here in Malaysia on Wednesday on his international campaign to gain support for his country's
nuclear programme. Mr Ahmedinejad will be speaking at a conference pertaining to the issue on Thursday during a business luncheon.
Iran president seeks Malaysian support for nuclear
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad on
Wednesday takes his international campaign to win support for his country's nuclear programme to Malaysia -- an influential Muslim nation with strong
Malaysia chairs both the world's largest grouping of Muslim nations, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, and the Non-Aligned Movement, and
has given Iran moral support for what Tehran insists is a peaceful nuclear programme.
"We will be briefing the Malaysian side on Iran's peaceful nuclear technology achievements and the purpose of its activities," an Iranian embassy
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And the follow-up to that report:
Malaysia uses Iranian president's visit to urge
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia called for calm in the row over Iran's nuclear programme on Thursday as it welcomed visiting President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad with a 21-gun salute.
Ahmadinejad is visiting Malaysia, an influential Muslim country and ally, as part of a campaign to assure the world community that Iran's nuclear
ambitions are peaceful.
The president, dressed in a grey suit, inspected a guard of honour outside parliament house in Kuala Lumpur but did not speak to the crowd or
reporters, leaving Malaysia's foreign minister to address Western fears that Iran wants to build nuclear arms.
Ahmadinejad, who has struck a defiant tone in rejecting European and U.S. suspicions, is due to speak later on Thursday at a business luncheon before
meeting Malaysia's prime minister for talks and giving a joint news conference with him.
The trip is billed purely a bilateral visit but Malaysia is an influential friend in the nuclear row, which risks escalating next week when the United
Nations' nuclear watchdog is to issue a report on Iran's nuclear activities.
The Southeast Asian nation currently chairs both the world's largest grouping of Muslim nations, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, and the
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Plus a report of what the Iranian President said in brief:
Iran president says West trying to control global oil
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - Visiting Iranian president said on Thursday that Western powers were trying to control the world's oil resources and create a
climate of fear that was forcing countries to stockpile weapons.
"Many of the resources of nations are going to waste in a climate of fear, being pushed toward the use for the production of arms and stockpiling of
weapons,'' visiting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech to Malaysian and Iranian business leaders.
"The main root cause of this is because of the excessive demands of certain ruling powers over certain parts of the world,'' said Ahmadinejad, who
arrived here late Wednesday on a three-day visit.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I'll post the full transcript to his speech later if I can find it.
[edit on 2-3-2006 by Beachcoma]