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Pakistan supports Iran`s peaceful nuclear programme: Kasuri

IRNA

Islamabad, Aug 29, IRNA - Pakistan Friday supported Iran nuclear 
programme and rejected as baseless and motivated reports that 
Islamabad has helped Iranian nuclear programme. 
"Pakistan supports the right of Iran to develop its peaceful 
nuclear programme, concomitant to its adherence of its obligations 
under the arms control and disarmament agreements that it is a party 
to," Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri told a joint news conference 
with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi. 
He noted that the latest IAEA report acknowledges the increased 
cooperation of Iran, including Iran`s decision to begin negotiations 
with the IAEA on an Additional Protocol. 
"We should like that any remaining issues will be solved during 
the forthcoming IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna next month 
and within the context of continuing IAEA Iran cooperation." 
Kasuri denied reports in western media that Pakistan has helped 
Iran in its nuclear programme and said Pakistan is also opposed to 
coercive measures. 
"Pakistan has never supplied in any manner whatsoever any 
assistance for Iran`s nuclear programme," the Pakistani foreign 
minister said. 
He said the Foreign Minister of Iran has also stated in the talks 
that such media allegations are completely false and obviously 
motivated. 
"Pakistan holds that any doubts or disagreements that may arise 
regarding the implementation of obligations undertaken by states 
through such arms control and disarmament agreements, should be 
peacefully resolved through the mechanisms for dispute settlement laid
own in the concerned agreements and treaties," he said. 
Kharrazi arrived in Islamabad early Friday on a day long visit. 
He met President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir 
Zafarullah Jamali. 
"In our talks, we have underlined that Pakistan and Iran have 
close friendly and brotherly relations. Both countries have an abiding
and profound interesting consolidating and expanding their bilateral 
cooperation in all spheres," Kasuri said. 
He said Pak-Iran relations are based on common bonds of geography,
history, religion and culture. 
"Our two delegations also discussed ways and means to enhance 
bilateral economic and trade relations." 
He said they also emphasized the need for the prompt and full 
implementation of the agreements signed during President Mohammad 
Khatami`s visit to Pakistan and the decision of Pak-Iran Joint 
Ministerial Commission. 
"Dr. Kharrazi and I underscored that lasting peace and stability 
in Afghanistan, our common neighbour, were in the national interest of
Pakistan and Iran as well as the region." 
About Afghanistan, Kasuri said the two sides agreed that 
trilateral meetings of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan would be held 
first at the official level and then at the level of the Foreign 
Ministers to help the brotherly country Afghanistan, especially in 
reconstruction and economic development. 
Turning to Iraq, the two sides stressed that sovereignty and 
territorial integrity of that country should be preserved and that 
governance should be restored to the people of Iraq. Both sides agreed
that the United Nations should be allowed to play a more prominent and
effective role in Iraq. 
He said he has briefed the Iranian foreign minister about 
Islamabad efforts to promote peace and security in South Asia through 
engagement with Indian. 
"In this context, I told him that some steps had already been 
taken, but for addressing all outstanding issues, including the issue 
of Jammu and Kashmir, India should agree to resume composite dialogue.
I also reiterated that Pakistan would give its full support to an 
Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline." 
He said the two sides we decided to enhance our cooperation at 
the political, official and non-government levels. 
Kamal Kharrazi reiterated the invitation extended to President 
Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali to 
visit Iran. 
TK/TSH/214 
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