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Nasrallah denies Iran is seeking `Shiite crescent` in Middle East

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Source: DPA, 30-1-2007

Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah in a speech on Monday evening defended Iran and said Tehran is not planning to implement a "Shiite crescent" in the Middle East.
"Iran is far from this plot of transforming Sunnis into Shiites or forming a Shiite Crescent in the region, such accusations are baseless," Nasrallah told a religious ceremony in Beirut`s southern suburbs.

In December, Jordan`s King Abdullah II told the Washington Post that Iran was seeking to create "a Shiite crescent" in the Middle East that would include Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The comments angered Iran.

"Shiites are not seeking to take control of the region, and we do not pose a threat to everyone," Nasrallah said.

Hizbullah has been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Seniora and the formation of a new national unity government which will give the opposition power of veto