ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News
Before the press meeting, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad held a closed meeting with press and think tank representatives. Attendees of the meeting asserted that the Iranian leader was firm in his arguments and had a unique style of talking on political matters, speaking to the Turkish Daily News on Friday.
Faruk Loğoğlu, Turkey's former Washington ambassador and chairman of the Eurasian Strategic Studies Center, or ASAM, said Ahmadinejad is “a typical Farsi,” always beginning with an element of philosophy and employing rhetoric in his speeches before coming to the real deal. “No doubt he is an intelligent man; his mind works quickly. He never hesitated when giving answers, although this does not mean he does not leave some aspects of questions unanswered,” Loğoğlu stated.
“Ahmadinejad claimed that if Turkey and Iran could work together in political, economic and technological areas, Middle East problems would be solved,” chairman of International Strategic Research Organization, or USAK, Sedat Laçiner said.
“But when asked which specific topics he was referring to, he avoided giving a straight answer,” Loğoğlu noted.
Most of Ahmadinejad's speech during the closed meeting was in line with his press statement. Daily Yeni Şafak columnist İbrahim Karagül noted that Ahmadinejad used his first trip to a NATO country to convey a message to the world. “He seems to have a grasp of everything going on around the world,” Karagül said, and added that the Iranian leader gave a long analysis on the United States and Israel. “Ahmadinejad told us that American thesis on the world order has collapsed, and the world is aware of it.
“He seemed also very relaxed and without any stress. When asked about possibility of an American attack on Iran he answered that the U.S. could not lift a finger upon events in Georgia, and dismissed any possibility of armed attack,” Loğoğlu stressed.
“Ahmadinejad argued that a U.S.' fall is near. He said American economy is in turmoil and it fails to protect even protect its own allies, like Georgia; he even seemed happy about Georgia,” Laçiner maintained.