Ahmadinejad arriving in Dushanbe on July 25 (RFE/RL)
July 27, 2006 -- Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said that a cease-fire must precede talks in Lebanon and accused the United States of trying to "recarve the map" in the Middle East.
Speaking on a two-day visit to Tajikistan, Ahmadinejad denied U.S. charges that Iran provides Hizballah with military support.
He also warned the United States about military action against his country, saying "only silly people would think about attacking Iran."
Iran, Syria, And Hizballah
Iranians demonstrating in support of Hizballah in Tehran on July 17 (epa)
'FOR THE SAKE OF LEBANON': The Islamic Republic of Iran has served as an ideological inspiration for Hizballah since the Lebanese militant group's creation in 1982, and Tehran acknowledges that it supports the organization morally and politically. "Yes, we are friends of Syria and Iran" Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has said. "For 24 years we benefited from our friendship with Syria and Iran for the sake of Lebanon...." (more)