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Nuclear plans and Iraq dominate talks between Iranian leader and Annan

15 September 2005 Iran’s nuclear plans and the situation in neighbouring Iraq topped the agenda during talks today at United Nations Headquarters in New York between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In a statement issued after the meeting, a UN spokesman said Mr. Annan invited the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom – often known collectively as the E3 – and the European Union’s High Representative Javier Solana to join them later for further discussions on the nuclear issue.

Describing those talks as cordial, the spokesman said the parties all agreed on the need to keep searching for a mutually agreed solution to the nuclear issue. Mr. Ahmadinejad also reiterated his commitment to outline new proposals during his scheduled speech to the General Assembly on Saturday.

Iran's nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Today’s meeting is one of a series taking place during the World Summit this week between the Secretary-General and international leaders.



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