Nov. 23 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says D-8 countries must stand together to overcome the complex challenges and injustices of the current world system. Sarah Sheffer reports.
Leaders of D-8 countries, the economic bloc of eight developing nations with large Muslim populations, concluded a crucial summit in Islamabad on Thursday. The meeting took place as heavy fighting raged on in Syria and an uneasy truce came into effect in Gaza. Speaking at the summit, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a new world order. (SOUNDBITE) (Farsi/with English translation on top) IRANIAN PRESIDENT, MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD, SAYING (SOUNDBITE MOVES FROM AHMADINEJAD TO MALAYSIAN DELEGATION / WIDE OF CONFERENCE / BACK TO AHMADINEJAD): "There is no doubt that the world needs a new order on the basis of the fundamental principles of justice and humanity. I don't think that anybody will have any hope that the creators of this current unjust order can play a role in its reformation." The Iranian premier declared that the "era of capitalism and capitalists has come to an end." Taking over the chairmanship of the D-8 for the next two years is Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTANI PRESIDENT, ASIF ALI ZARDARI, SAYING: "Today, D-8 is not just eight developing countries. Today, with the grace of Allah Almighty, we are eight democracies. We always shared common bonds of religion and culture. But, today we are also bound, by the will and spirit of our people." The summit ended with leaders signing The Islamabad Declaration, reaffirming a "commitment to peace, democracy, [and] progress" among the people of the D8 member states.