Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) & Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described Iran-India relations as friendly and deep-rooted, saying the two nations have common views on a range of historical and cultural issues.
“Under the current global circumstances, we have a duty to insist on the maintenance and further enhancement of mutual ties,” President Ahmadinejad said during a meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in Tehran on Saturday.
“The global ruling system has reached a political, cultural, and economic stalemate, and the equations of power will fundamentally change in favor of justice, peace, and friendship,” Ahmadinejad stated.
Human beings need a system in which relations between nations are based on justice and friendship, he added.
“Humanity needs a world in which all nations enjoy the right opportunities to make progress,” he noted.
Commenting on the pressure the hegemonic powers exert on independent and justice-seeking nations, he said, “The more they ratchet up the pressure, the stronger we will get.”
The domineering powers are seeking to weaken nations that have the potential to ‘go global,’ such as Iran and India, and that’s why they are pressuring the two nations, Ahmadinejad observed.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad said Iran regards India’s progress as its own.
Khurshid said New Delhi knows that the economic and political pressure the enemy is putting on Iran will not sap the will of Iranians.