Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the country’s neighbors of adopting policies that serve the interests of the “Zionist regime,” semi-official Fars news agency reported.
“We are sorry for those countries around us and those neighbors that are at the service of the Zionists in the name of Islam and are providing the means to their hegemony over the world,” he said late on Sunday.
The hard-line Iranian president did not make a direct reference to any of its neighbors, but his remarks came as Turkey, Israel and the United States started joint military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. The drill is expected to end Friday.
“They [neighbors] don't understand so they provide the Zionists with their possibilities. We hope that they wake up,” Ahmadinejad was quoted by the news agency as saying during a ceremony to commemorate World Mosques Day in Tehran.
Last week, it was announced that the United States, Israel and Turkey were set to launch joint military exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. Hosted by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, it was the 10th such exercise in as many years between the allies.