- Lebanese al-Nahar reports Ali Larijani said attack will
focus on Israel, US bases in Gulf States
- Lebanon's al-Nahar reported Tuesday that Iranian Parliament
Speaker Ali Larijani warned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak against an
Israeli attack on his country.
- Larijani told Mubarak that if Israel dared
to attack its nuclear facilities, Iran would launch a counter-attack
on Israel and all US bases in the country, as well as countries of the
- The two leaders met nine days ago. al-Nahar's report
cites "diplomatic sources in Beirut" as saying that Larijani
had asked Mubarak to convey his message to a number of Gulf States the
latter was visiting.
- According to the report Mubarak did indeed convey the
message to leaders of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait,
who fear Iranian aggression within their boundaries.
- Larijani stressed that Iran intended to retaliate only
against American bases used against it, the report says, and therefore
urged the states to ask the US not to use bases situated on their
territory to attack the Islamic Republic.
- The report adds that Mubarak's visit to the Gulf States
focused on prevention of a regional conflict between Israel and Iran, and
that he updated the Islamic Republic as to as to efforts made by the
US to the same effect.