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Bush seeks Arab support for a tough line on Iran

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Bush seeks Arab support for a tough line on Iran


President George W. Bush has not concealed his Iran agenda throughout his tour of the Middle-East.

The Israeli media said Bush’s meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert concentrated more on Iran, than on peace with the Palestinians.

In Abu Dhabi yesterday, the American President once again raised the spectre of the Iranian threat.

“Iran is today the World’s leading state sponsor of terror,” said Bush. “It sends hundreds of millions of dollars to extremists around the world, while its own people face repression and economic hardship at home. Iran’s actions threaten the security of nations everywhere. So the United States is strengthening long standing security commitments with our friends in the Gulf, and rallying friends around the world to confront this danger before it is too late.”

Bush is out to reassure Sunni Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that Washington will protect them from the Shi’ite threat in Iran, even though a recent US intelligence report insisted Tehran posed no threat.

Pentagon insiders claim plans for the bombing of Iran are already drawn up.

Last week, the Pentagon released pictures of a US navy convoy in the Strait of Hormuz allegedly being harrassed by members of the Iranian National Guard in speedboats.

Iran said the whole thing was a fabrication.

“It was a dangerous gesture on their part,” said President Bush. “We have made it clear, publicly, and they know our position, which is that there will be serious consequences if they attack our ships, pure and simple.”

Kuwait has thousands of US troops based on its territory, but both the defence and foreign ministers have repeatedly said the emirate won’t allow Washington to strike Iran from there. Saudi Arabia has also stressed it is committed to peace with Iran.

The Bush administration says it isn’t planning a war, but it continues to insist that the world must not eave it too late to deal with Iran.

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