President Mohammad Khatami's Phone Call with Tony Blair
Press Release from Iranian Embassy to Canada
September 21, 2001
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, in a telephone conversation with British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, on Thursday reflected hasty retaliatory reaction
against Afghans: A human catastrophe should not be responded with another
human catastrophe and the innocent people in Afghanistan and other places should
not be struck. The Islamic world and the West may be at odds over certain issues
like Palestine, but they have condemned terrorism and the last weeks terrorist
attacks on the U.S. Like many Western leaders, the Islamic Republic of Iran
is concerned with certain efforts under way by extremists to fuel the ongoing
Following the telephone conversation of British Prime Minister Tony Blair to
President Khatami, Mr. Blair stated: this phone call in itself was a
remarkable conversation. Not simply did he give his full solidarity in terms
of what had happened in the USA and his strong condemnation of terrorism, but
also said how important it was that out of that, we rebuild the relations between
our two countries.
Jack Straw announced Friday that next week he will travel to Tehran and become
the first British Foreign Secretary to visit Iran since the victory of the 1979
Islamic Revolution. Straw stated that: The President and the government
of Iran have been powerful in their opposition to the Taliban. Iran has suffered
very badly as a result of the instability and extremism of the Taliban and has
had to face a very, very severe refugee problem on its border.
Iran, which is itself a victim of terrorism, backs any U.N. led alliance to
root out such inhumane phenomenon, announced Foreign Minister Kamal
Kharrazi here Wednesday. Reviewing recent international developments in a phone
call with the European Unions Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana, Kharrazi
said Muslim Nations had unanimously condemned September 11 attacks on New York
and Washington as Islam strongly opposes any kind of terrorism. He referred
to the imminent U.S. retaliation against Afghanistan, and feared the assault
would unleash a fresh influx of Afghan refugees to neighbouring countries.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hamid Asefe said: under no circumstances
would Iran allow Saudi-born Osama bin laden Washingtons prime suspect
in last weeks suicide attacks on U.S. landmarks to enter the country after
senior Afghan clerics urged him to leave Afghanistan.
The Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Organization sent a message of condolence
to the Red Cross of the United States of America.