Monday, March 5, 2007

Iran's Two-Faced Diplomacy

While Iran tries to court new friends and calm the fears of their neighbors, few believe them and more are growing weary.

The following was reposted from Persian Journal -

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's official visit to regional rival Saudi Arabia over the weekend was part of a wave of Iranian diplomacy in the Arab world aimed at diffusing a growing strain between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. It's too early to tell whether the Iranian president's visit will have any tangible effect.

Iran is a non-Arab, Shiite Muslim country, but it has the full attention these days of Sunni Arab leaders throughout the Middle East.

Ahmadinejad and his ministers have visit Sudan, Lebanon and Syria recently to spread a message of Muslim unity.

But, ironically, it is Iran's continued support for Hezbollah, the Shiite militia in Lebanon, and armed Shiite groups in Iraq, leading Sunni leaders in the region to question Tehran's real goals in the region.

Iran may be talking peace, but those groups are currently destabilizing Lebanon politically, and Iraq violently. More....

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