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Khatami: New Government not to change Iran's foreign policy

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA
Iran-Khatami-Foreign Policy
Omani King Qaboos's special envoy Abdulaziz ar-Rawas conferred here Sunday with former president Mohammad Khatami on issues of mutual interests.

At the meeting, Khatami underlined that the Islamic Republic of Iran pursues the policy of confidence-building and detente in various regional and global fora, adding that the change of government does not make any shift in Iran's foreign policy principles.

Khatami said: "Our region is very sensitive and its problems should be resolved through wisdom and removal of misunderstanding." On Iran's peaceful application of nuclear technology, he said, "We have always tried to continue our activities with patience while insisting on the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation to benefit from such technology."
The two countries have experienced very sincere and amicable relations in recent years, he said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran is to maintain such ties with her neighbors based on principles of friendship and coexistence.

Referring to the country's significant economic, social and political achievements in recent years, he said Iran is able enough to export technical and engineering services to various parts of the world to help create job opportunities and is to further broaden such ties with Oman.

Highlighting sensitive issues in the Middle East region mainly crises in Iraq and the occupied Palestine, he said if Iraq gets involved in ethnic disputes it will turn into a serious threat to the whole region and there is no other alternative but to restore democracy and security to the country.

On the issue of Palestine, he expressed the hope that the pullout of Zionists forces from Gaza Strip would be considered as a great success for the Palestinians. He said this will prepare the grounds for the Palestinian nation to vindicate their legitimate rights.

The Omani envoy, for his part, expressed satisfaction with his Iran visit and termed Khatami as a "great personality" who strived to promote policy of friendship and good neighborliness with regional as well as the world of Islam.

Supporting the idea of "Dialogue among Civilizations" as a means to remove existing hurdles in international system, he called for measures to confront groups which promote sectarianism and depict a bad image of Islam to the world's public opinion such as Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

On the current status of world of Islam, he said those groups which promote terrorism should be wiped out.

Muscat is ready for expansion of all-out relations with Tehran, he concluded.

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