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Gulf nations must be free of "foreign influence," Ahmadinajed says

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.