Iran Warns of Israeli, U.S. 'Plots' Amid Arab World Unrest

President Ahmadinejad's warnings come as countries discuss ways to quell Syrian unrest; Tehran also calls talks with nuclear watchdog 'very positive.'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned Turkey of "plots" by the United States and Israel in the ongoing unrest in the Arabic world, the ISNA news agency reported Tuesday.

"We should be careful not to follow the U.S. plans and plots as all the Americans are after is their own economic interests and saving the Zionist regime (Israel)," Ahmadinejad was quoted as having told Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a meeting late Monday.

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Davutoglu was in Tehran to discuss the latest developments in the Arab world and Syria in particular. Syria is a strategic partner of Iran and its main ally against Israel.

"All states should try their best in limiting the activities of the Zionist regime (Israel) as otherwise they would commit political suicide," Ahmadinejad said.

With the exception of Syria, where it supports the government of Bashar Assad, Tehran has sided with protesters in the Arab world.

Davutoglu was quoted by ISNA as saying that the Islamic world was "going through a special crisis" and Iran and Turkey therefore had a "heavy responsibility."

Davutoglu and his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi earlier called for closer cooperation with Damascus to help bring an end to the unrest.

Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday he had held "very fruitful" talks with U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano and that the two sides had agreed to work together to help resolve outstanding issues.

Foreign Minister Salehi said "very positive" conclusions were reached at the meeting with Amano, who has repeatedly urged Iran to step up cooperation with his agency to help address international concerns about Tehran's nuclear work.

"Both sides have promised that their experts will sit together and think of a new mechanism... of continuing our work vis-a-vis this issue," Salehi told reporters after the meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Western powers suspect Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability while Tehran rejects the charge, saying its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity.

Iran announced last month it would shift its production of higher-grade uranium to an underground bunker and triple output capacity in a defiant move that further fueled Western unease about Tehran's intentions.

Iran's refusal to halt enrichment has led to four rounds of U.N. sanctions on the major oil producer, as well tighter U.S. and European Union restrictions.

Salehi said, without giving details: "We have promised each other to keep our consultations and think of an innovative way of doing business with each other, work with each other, so that we are able to resolve this issue."