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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Salehi on Sunday told a conference in Tehran that the Arab Spring is heralding the emergence of an Islamic Middle East, PressTV reported.
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Speaking at a conference on "Islamic Awakening," the Iranian foreign minister attributed the developments in the Arab world to "the unhealthy and oppressive relations between certain governments and their nations" in recent decades.
Arab uprisings, he added, are a "natural reaction" of Muslims when faced
with oppressive policies of ruling regimes, according to the report.
Ostensibly referring to Libya where the West has taken an active role in
aiding rebels who have been embattled in a months-long battle to oust
leader Muammar Gaddafi, Salahi slammed foreign interventions attempting
to "hijack" revolutions.
Foreign countries, he said, are involving themselves to advance their own "illegitimate interests."