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Iranian advice for Georgian minister2010-01-21 13:06
Recently Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze went to Iran to hold talks with representatives of the country's authorities including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Islamic republic advised Vashadze not to rush NATO accession and switch over to the strategy of stability and security provision in Caucasus. Will Tbilisi that stakes on energy cooperation with Teheran follow its advice?
Vashadze's visit to Iran can justly be called a large-scale event. Head of Georgia's Foreign Ministry met with the president and his Iranian counterpart as well as with the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council of the Islamic republic
Remarkably, Vashadze received some useful advice in Teheran. Republican leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad thinks that NATO's eastward expansion will do no good to the countries of the region. "Western countries pursue their own interests trying to spread their influence to the East. - Ahmadinejad noted. - The countries of the region are perfectly fit to solve all problems of the region on their own without sacrificing their interests to dubious aims of Western states".
We know that Georgia's Euro-Atlantic policy taken up by the current leaders is not totally appreciated inside the country. Focusing on the army that has to come up to NATO standards Saakashvili somewhat forgets about social and economic reforms that have long been asking to be started. Given Georgia's explicit inclination toward the West in its foreign policy Vashadze's visit to Iran looks even more curious.
By the way at the meeting with Ahmadinejad Georgian FM openly highlighted that Tbilisi would never be involved in a war against Iran no matter what alliance it takes part in. An interesting statement, isn't it? Thus cooperation with Iran and friendship with the United States don't overlap for Georgia. However only time will show if this is so. Presently Georgian peacekeepers are actively preaching US democracy in Afghanistan and most probably the same battalion won't stay away from going to Teheran suburbs considering the sanctions the overseas politicians are constantly threatening Iran.