President Ahmadinejad calls for 'new, just world order'

[] 08.11.10

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a new world order based on justice and respect where all nations play equal roles in global management.

Addressing a meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Tehran on Monday, the president said decades-long hatred, wars, and economic crises plaguing the world are the result of the current unjust world order.

"We need a new order, wherein all nations and governments can equally play a role in world management. Everyone should play an active role in the management of world [affairs]," the Iranian chief executive said, echoing calls he made during his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September.

"Today, it has become clear that the order stemming from materialist ideology has failed both in theory and in practice," he added.

Ahmadinejad added that Asian countries have "more responsibility," since they can tap into their vast resources, manpower, as well as culture.

"This is what the world greatly needs," he added.

Created in June 2002, the ACD is a body which aims to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level.

The 31-member body was founded originally by 18 states but expanded to include all current members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council.

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