'Death knell for Zionist regime'

Ahmadinejad to Turkish crowd: Flotilla raid sign Israel's end near.

June 8, 2010 11:32
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

mahmoud ahmadinejad yalla yalla 311. (photo credit: AP)


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The Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla sounded the death knell of the “Zionist regime,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told an enthusiastic crowd at Istanbul's  Abou Ayyoub Ansari Mosque on Tuesday.

He accused Israel of “unmatched crimes in the course of sixty some years of its history, that have been unprecedented in the history of mankind, the last of which has been invading the Gaza Peace Flotilla,” IRNA reported, saying the crowd responded with "Allahu akbar

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Ahmadinejad was in Turkey for the summit of a 20-member group of Asian countries – CICA – at which Turkey intended to propose a resolution condemning Israel's flotilla raid.

The Iranian president said the two nations were the “standard bearers of humanity and moralities” emphasizing, “everyone should know that the relations between the two countries are friendly, brotherly and deep rooted today and that the two countries would stand side by side till the end of the line,” IRNA reported.

Ahmadinejad warns Russia, Obama

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the summit,
Ahmadinejad warned Russia "must be careful not to side with the enemies of the Iranian people," Reuters reported Tuesday.

He warned the US administration as well, saying that unless it changes its attitude towards Iran "President Obama and the people of the United States would be the first to lose," he did not elaborate.

The Iranian president kept the door open for a change yet to come in relations, "we expected President Obama to start a new policy of the United States. I'm not saying I'm totally disappointed... We ... are ready to talk on every subject on the basis of mutual respect," he said.

Ahmedinejad reiterated an Iranian position warning the fuel-swap deal negotiated with Turkey and Brazil was a one-time offer, "the meeting in Teheran created an opportunity for the US administration and for its allies and we still hope that they will be able to use this opportunity. We say that this opportunity will not be repeated,"he said.

Ahmadinejad was speaking days before the UN Security Council is expected to vote to sanction Teheran for its refusal to heed demands to curb its nuclear program.

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