During his first ever appearance at the Gulf Cooperation Council President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Gulf states had to work toward establishing regional security and economic pacts free of "foreign influence.
"We call for peace and security without any foreign influence," Ahmadinejad said in his opening speech as the GCC gathering got under way in Doha. "We propose the establishment of economical and security pacts and institutions among the seven states" here.
The pacts should "serve the people of our region more than ever before," the hardline Iranian leader said and invited the Gulf leaders to Tehran to discuss his proposal. He also proposed their joint cooperation in the nuclear field, including the training of Gulf scientists in Iran.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987