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Rafsanjani: Iran to resume nuclear activities in Isfahan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 8, IRNA
Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a meeting with the visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad here Monday referred to Iran's firm determination to defend people's rights for access to peaceful application of nuclear energy and hoped that the West will be realistic in approaching the issue.

During the meeting, Rafsanjani said that under the present sensitive conditions of the region and the world of Islam, the two countries should cooperate closely to abort the threats.

Turning to Iraq condition and the presence of foreign troops in the region which account for the regional insecurity, he noted, "Given the close relations between the two nations, the enemies are unable to undermine such amicable ties."
Rafsanjani referred to Syria's crucial role in Iraq and said that through cultural cooperation, the two states can be effective in alleviating the pains of the Iraqi nation.

"The charges targeting Iran and Syria originate in Iraq to prevent their growing trend of relations with the Iraqi government and nation," he added.

The official noted that the Palestine issue is of great importance to the world of Islam and urged that supporters of the Zionist regime should understand such a point.

Appreciating Syria's positive role in helping Lebanon, he said that the Syrians have rendered many services to the Lebanese and that their effective presence there prevents foreigners interference, which inflicts great loss on the Zionist regime.

Stressing Iran's constructive cooperation, Rafsanjani said that such a relationship is taken by Syria and Lebanon's Hizbullah as being in the interest of the world of Islam and a great obstacle to violating the human rights of the Iraqi and Palestinian nations.

For his part, the Syrian president backed Iran's peaceful application of nuclear energy and declared his country's full support for Iran in future.

He referred to Iraq's sensitive situation and hoped that despite the conditions created in the country by the occupying forces, the positive views of the new Iraqi government will help settle the difficulties facing the people.

"Tripartite collaboration among the governments of Iran, Syria and Iraq will throw a great obstacle in the way of the long-term interests of the occupiers in the region.

"Syria will not only keep cooperating with Iran, but intends to continue its effective role in the region," he added.

President al-Assad presented a report on the latest developments in Lebanon and stated, "The enemies of the Lebanese and Syrian nations will fail to sow the seed of discord between us. Syria's approach towards Lebanon and Palestine has not changed."
He pointed to consolidation of ties among Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Hizbullah as a great obstacle blocking the Zionists' aggressions and said that the big powers and the Zionist regime are viciously attempting to interfere in such a unity.

At the end of the meeting, al-Assad invited the EC chairman to visit his country and Rafsanjani hoped that he would do so at the first suitable occasion.


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