12 July 2011
Israel posed the biggest threat in the Middle East and regional states should take the necessary steps to contain it, Iran’s hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said as he met with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Tehran. "Effort should be made to take all measures to contain this fake regime," Ahmadinejad during in the meeting, according to the semi-official ‘Fars’ news agency. He warned that "any move in line with the Zionist regime's goals and objectives means committing suicide." Ahmadinejad called on neighboring countries to remain vigilant against foreign plotters and to prevent external meddling, according to the report. On Tuesday, Davutoglu met with other Iranian officials as part of his visit saying that regional dynamics meant a "very dynamic transformation process" in the Middle East.
Davutoglu said while Egypt is experiencing a transition period, the Libya Contact Group meeting will be in Turkey and the developments in Syria concern everyone. “We attach importance to completing in peaceful ways the political reform processes in friendly and neighboring countries without creating a security risk," Turkey’s chief diplomat said.
Davutoglu's remarks came as the tensions between Syria and the United States flared after Syrian regime loyalists attacked the US Embassy in Damascus. The United States had been reluctant to demand that Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad step aside, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday indicated Washington's patience had run out. She told reporters: “From our perspective, [Assad] has lost legitimacy. He has failed to deliver on the promises he’s made. He has sought and accepted aid from the Syrians as to how to oppress his own people. And there’s a laundry list of actions that have been certainly concerning and should raise the issue with not only his behavior but those who are supporting him in the international community.”
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