ASTANA, Kazakhstan (The Blaze/AP)– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a security alliance dominated by China and Russia to form a united front against the West.
Ahmadinejad’s address Wednesday to heads of state at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit being held in Kazakhstan will likely serve to deepen suspicions that the bloc is intended as a counterweight to the United States across Central Asia.
The bulk of the Iranian leader’s fiery speech was devoted to leveling a series of thinly veiled accusations against unnamed Western countries, whom he described as “enslavers, colonialists (and) invaders.”
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In a summit declaration signed by all the member states, the organization also attacked missile defence programs in another apparent dig at the United States.
“The one-sided and unlimited development of missile defence systems by one government or a narrow group of governments could cause damage to strategic stability and international security,” the document said.
“Which one of our countries (has played a role) in the black era of slavery, or in the destruction of hundreds of millions of human beings?” Ahmadinejad said, opening his address.
The security alliance was formed in 2001 by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to address religious extremism and border security.