The Zionist regime is a threat to all nations … it cannot tolerate the existence of any strong country in the region,” said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday, according to Teheran news agency Press TV.
Ahmadinejad spoke after welcoming Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived in Teheran Tuesday for a two-day visit.
Iran’s president praised Erdogan’s stance over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the Turkish leader’s “clear stance toward the Zionist regime has had a positive impact on the world of Islam.”
At an international conference in January, Erdogan strongly condemned Israel’s offensive in Gaza and the steep Palestinian casualties inflicted there. The Iranian leader is known for his anti-Israeli remarks since 2005, when he said the Jewish state should be “wiped off the map.”