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Inaugural Arab Spring conference opens in Iran

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Inaugural Arab Spring conference opens in Iran


The leaders of Britain and France were given an enthusiastic welcome in Libya this week. David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were welcomed as heroes for leading the NATO initiative that led to the exit of Colonel Gaddafi.

But not everyone shares that opinion.

The inaugural international conference on the Arab Spring, has opened in Iran.

Delivering the opening speech, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned muslim nations not to trust the US, NATO and other western nations. “They divided your lands and looted them,” he said, “be suspicious and don’t be taken in by their smile. Behind that smile there is conspiracy and betrayal.”

Figures from across the Islamic world have joined senior Iranian officials, including President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, for the conference.

In terms of policy, Iran has officially supported the uprisings across the Arab world and emphasised Islam as the axis of unity.

This, with the exception of Syria. Tehran is President Bashar al-Assad’s closest ally, but has nonetheless called for reform.

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