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In a national TV interview on July 28, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, spoke about his achievements during his eight years in office.
First and foremost, he underlined it is Iran's duty to advance the interests of the Palestinians. Recalling his state visit to Lebanon in October 2010, Mr. Ahmadinejad affirmed he has been "the first President to be present along the borders of the regime occupying Quds (Jerusalem), [just] 400 meters from the Zionists (Israelis) as 40 enemy aircraft were flying around, and there I defended the rights of the Palestinian nation," he said.
President Ahmadinejad also explained that his more than 115 trips abroad have shown his personal resolve to defend Iran's interests and posture, notably on the nuclear program issue. Thanks to his work, Mr. Ahmadinejad said, Iran not only resisted the Western pressure by continuing its "peaceful nuclear work," but managed to bring Israel's nuclear activities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
President-elect Hassan Rouhani will succeed President Ahmadinejad on August 3.
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