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Iran's controversial president defended his government's relationship with the country's supreme leader on Friday, disputing charges of a political rift.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking to a gathering in Mashad in northern Iran, rejected claims by people who have attempted to cast the relationship between his government and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "as tainted," according to Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency.

"They are ignorant of the fact that our relationship with the respected leader is far above the framework of politics and administration and is based on love and faith, and resembles the relationship between father and son," Ahmadinejad said. Read full article »

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