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Ahmadinejad tells US, UK to stop 'interfering'

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-06-21

Amid mounting international criticism of the violent aftermath of the June 12 election, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at the US and the UK for their "interfering stances”. Britain immediately rejected the accusations.

REUTERS - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United States and Britain on Sunday to stop interfering in the Islamic Republic's internal affairs after its presidential election, the ISNA news agency said.


"Definitely by hasty remarks you will not be placed in the circle of friendship with the Iranian nation. Therefore I advise you to correct your interfering stances," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a meeting with clerics and scholars.


Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West, was directing this remark at U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, ISNA said.


Many Western countries have criticised the election, which was won by Ahmadinejad according to official figures, and its aftermath. His main opponent, moderate Mirhossein Mousavi, says the vote was rigged. The government denies the charge.


"They (Western countries) want to portray as small the great and powerful position that has been created for the Iranian nation inside and outside after the recent election, by which of course they made a mistake and they showed they still do not know the Iranian nation," Ahmadinejad said.


"Definitely recent events will add to the Islamic Republic of Iran's greatness and might," he said.

Date created : 2009-06-21

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