"The international community must recognize participation rights of all countries, especially when it comes to problem solving for the whole world. They cannot eliminate one or two countries," Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian foreign minister stated on Iranian media on May 4, 2007.
This was the mullahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s foreign ministerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assessment of the recent Sharm El-Sheikh Conference. This conference has been the largest international gathering about Iraq so far. The mullahs complain they were excluded from the conference even though they were allowed to attend.
The head of the Guardian Council, the top council above parliament, mulla Jannati made an even bigger objection and called the Sharm El-Sheikh conference Ã¢â‚¬Å“invalidÃ¢â‚¬Â. He said: "Do the people of this region want their guardians to be from the US and the UK? Do they want these countries to make decisions for Iraq?"