Iran expresses solidarity with 9/11 victims, but looks for U.S. policy change; Syria says Israel exploits tragedy

Published September 11th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Iran's reformists voiced solidarity with the "great people of the United States" on the anniversary of September 11 attacks, but echoed widespread concerns over Washington's war on terror.  

 

"The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) expresses its solidarity with the victims of September 11 and calls on America's leadership to revise its global political attitude," said the party, the largest in Iran's parliament.  

 

"There is still time to bring peace and tranquility to all people of the planet, and above all the great people of the United States, through a revision of the methods of American leaders," it said in a statement, cited by AFP.  

 

The party, which is led by President Mohammad Khatami's brother, Mohammad-Reza Khatami, called for terrorism to be tackled by "dialogue between cultures and civilisations and a coalition for peace."  

 

Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh also told reporters that Khatami's government wished to show its "solidarity with the innocent victims of this appalling act."  

 

Ramezanzadeh added Iran was still waiting for the US leadership to take the initiative to improve relations. "We have always said that it is up to the United States to take concrete steps but it has not yet done so," he told a press conference.  

 

Syria 

The Arabs have paid the heaviest price for September 11 while Israel has exploited these terror attacks, a Syrian newspaper said Wednesday. "It is no exaggeration to say the Arabs, along with the Palestinian cause, have paid the highest price for the September 11 terrorist attacks" on New York and Washington, Teshreen wrote.  

 

"Although millions of Arabs expressed sympathies to the American people who are known for their good heart and ingenuity, Israel has managed to exploit this tragedy in favour of its expansionist plans and aggression," it added.  

 

"(Israeli Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon has managed to convince the United States the struggle of the Palestinian people equals terrorism and that his fight is the same as that of (US President) George Bush against terrorism." (Albawaba.com)

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