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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
6th President of Iran
In office
3 August 2005 â€“ 3 August 2013
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
First Vice President Parviz Davoodi
Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei
Mohammad Reza Rahimi
Preceded by Mohammad Khatami
Succeeded by Hassan Rouhani
Acting Minister of Petroleum[1]
In office
16 May 2011 â€“ 2 June 2011
President Himself
Preceded by Masoud Mir-Kazemi
Succeeded by Mohammad Aliabadi (Acting)
Acting Minister of Intelligence[2]
In office
26 July 2009 â€“ 5 August 2009
President Himself
Preceded by Gholam-Hossein Eje’i
Succeeded by Heydar Moslehi
Mayor of Tehran
In office
3 May 2003 â€“ 3 August 2005
Preceded by Mohammad-Hassan Malekmadani
Succeeded by Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf
Governor of Ardabil Province
In office
28 November 1993 â€“ 29 October 1997
President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded by Province created
Succeeded by Seyyed Hamid Tahayi
Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement
In office
30 August 2012 â€“ 3 August 2013
Preceded by Mohamed Morsi
Succeeded by Hassan Rouhani
Personal details
Born Mahmoud Sabbaghian[3]
(1956-10-28) 28 October 1956 (age 60)
Aradan, Semnan, Iran
Political party

Alliance of Builders

(2003–2005)

Society of Devotees

(1999–2011)[4]

Islamic Society of Engineers (1988–present; inactive since 2005)[5]
Office for Strengthening Unity (1979–1980)

Spouse(s) Azam Farahi (1980–present)
Children 3
Relatives Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei (co-fathers-in-law)
Residence Square 72, Narmak, Tehran[6]
Alma mater Iran University of Science and Technology
Occupation University professor
Profession Traffic engineer
Religion Shia Islam (Twelver)
Military service
Allegiance Islamic Republic of Iran
Service/branch Revolutionary Guards
Years of service 2[7]
Unit Hamzeh Headquarters[7]
6th Special Division

Combat Engineering Unit (commander)[8]

Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War

Operation Fath 1

Technical knowledge has now become an integral aspect of the Iranian psyche.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Zionists are very much, very adventuresome, very much seeking to fabricate things, and I think they see themselves at the end of the line, and I do firmly believe that they seek to create new opportunities for themselves and their adventurous behaviors.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Fundamentally, I do agree, certainly, people must be allowed to express their own opinions freely. Freedom is part of the essential rights of all nations.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Every year, millions of people from Iran and Iraq travel to each other's countries, and we also have marriages between Iraqis and Iranians. Many Iranians were born in Iraq, and many Iraqis were born in Iran. This is a kind of special, cordial amicable ties.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
One can not impede scientific progress.
For this reason, the expansion of relations with all countries is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I mean balanced relationships, based on mutual respect and observation of each other's rights.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Cooperation and collaboration among nations and countries can help in the process of development of promoting welfare as well as bringing peace and stability.
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The wave of the Islamic revolution will soon reach the entire world.
Our dear country, Iran, throughout history has been subject to threats.
Nuclear energy is the scientific achievement of the Iranian nation.
I think everyone must settle for what is in the parameter of their own rights. No one must have an evil intention toward the territorial benefit or integrity of other nations.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
In Iran, people are free to express their views. Every day, some people criticize the policies of the government.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Global equations undergo changes, this is their nature.
I'm not in charge of judgments in Iran. The judicial system in Iran is an independent body of its own, and it follows the laws, and it must operate according to the law.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
We do believe that freedom, the right to choose, the right to vote, respect and justice is the fundamental right of all people. All people must obtain these rights.
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Crime against the individual is the equivalent of crime against humanity.
In Iran I think nobody loses their job because of making a statement that reflects their opinion. From this point of view, conditions in Iran are far better than in many other places in the world.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
We've never been anti-Semitic.
The best world is one in which all countries cooperate with one another to kind of meet each other's needs and be partners in the process.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The UN structure is one-sided, stacked against the world of Islam.
I believe the people of the U.S. are peace-loving people.
Our enemies can deal a blow to us any time they wish. They did not wait for permission to do this. They do not deal a blow with prior notice. They do not take action because they can't.
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People should have freedom in their pilgrimages and tours. They should come and visit historical monuments and sites – let's say the sites around Iran – where they can easily engage in wide- scale contacts with others.
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The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of the war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land.
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Show me one dictatorship in the world that has not been supported by the United States government or some European governments. It almost doesn't exist. I think a dictatorship and hegemony are part of the same phenomenon.
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Today, the Muslim world is the poorest of the global powers.
I do hope that all nations can live in complete security and welfare.
I'm an academic. I teach at the university, and that's where I will go back to.
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We see today that there is a growing understanding in the international community that the extremist regime in Tehran is not just Israel's problem, but rather an issue that the entire international community must grapple with.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The government of Iran has no problem with the American nation.
Prior to the United Nations even being formed, Palestine was a country. But the right of the Palestinian people were trampled, and unfortunately, international organizations contributed to those rights being trampled.
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We desire an expansion of relations with regional states and the establishment of extensive public contacts.
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I do believe that all of the world needs reform. The reform must take place everywhere.
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We are not afraid of nuclear weapons. The point is that if we had in fact wanted to build a nuclear bomb, we are brave enough to say that we want it. But we never do that.
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We believe that visa quotas should be lifted and people should visit anywhere they wish freely.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
We believe that visa quotas should be lifted and people should visit anywhere they wish freely.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Those who insist on having hostilities with us, kill and destroy the option of friendship with us in the future, which is unfortunate because it is clear the future belongs to Iran and that enmities will be fruitless.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Governments and nations should sit together and resolve issues. Reforms must be reached through understanding. But others should not interfere.
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Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The establishment of Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world.
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Our nation is today a powerful nation.
Of course what is talked about in the U.N. General Assembly is very important. Officials, the leaders of nations, appear there to speak of the most important topics – what they perceive to be the most important topics.
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Any nation has the right and will indeed defend herself.
I cannot determine what people or nations should do, but I do think that extremism gives birth to following and subsequent extremism.
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Fortunately, Iranians are politically active worldwide.
We have a relationship with Syria, an old relationship. We also have good relations with the people of Syria, with all segments of the population. This is the situation as well in Iraq and other countries.
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The United States' administrations… must recognize that Iran is a big power. Having said that, we consider ourselves to be a human force and a cultural power and hence a friend of other nations. We have never sought to dominate others or to violate the rights of any other country.
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For hundreds of years Iranians have been migrating to many parts of the world. They took Islamic culture to other parts of the world and established it there.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
It is not just for a few states to sit and veto global approvals.
I pass no judgment about historic events. I defend the human freedoms. Whatever event has taken place throughout history, or hasn't taken place, I cannot judge that.
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