Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves addressing the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases on Sept. 19. (U.N. photo)

NEW YORK, USA – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for its resistance against a number of “bullying states”, according to media reports.

Ahmadinejad and Vincentian Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves met Tuesday ahead of the 66th meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, the general debate of which takes place under the theme “The role of mediation in the settlement of disputes by peaceful means.”

The Iranian leader is said to have stressed that dominant powers must understand that slavery is over and nations are not going to tolerate pressures. Ahmadinejad further said that independent states cooperating with each other could provide for their own interests and resist arrogant powers, according to reports.

He is said to have referred to the excellent and expanding relations between Iran and SVG, saying that both nations and other independent and justice-seeking countries can stand and resist those who want to pressure and dominate other nations.

Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying that the main economic problem of Caribbean countries is that their rich resources have been looted by colonialist states and that current human problems are that former slave merchants have taken up positions as world managers.

Gonsalves, according to the reports, said that the world is facing serious dangers and that a number of states, by using their own economics and military powers, are trying to impose their own desire on the world, but added that the era for such acts has ended.

Gonsalves is quoted as having underlined the expansion of bilateral cooperation between SVG and Iran and said that his country intends to consolidate ties with Iran.

The Vincentian head of government is also said to have met on Tuesday with Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

During that meeting, held at Kuwait’s Mission at the U.N., the top officials discussed ways of strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation and issues of mutual interest.

Sheikh Nasser is said to have also received the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman.

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