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EU3 FMs say talks with Ahmadinejad helpful

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

United Nations, Sept 16, IRNA
Foreign Ministers of European heavyweights -- Britain, Germany and France -- said here Thursday that they had had fruitful talks with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tehran's nuclear program.

The ministers made the remark in a press conference after meeting Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the UN summit on an invitation by the UN Chief Kofi Annan.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said they had had positive and fruitful talks on Iran's nuclear program with Iran's president.

Straw said Iran's nuclear case will not be sent to the UN Security Council at present.

He said the talks had taken 25 minutes.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said EU's stance on Iran's nuclear program has not changed and they waited for the proposed initiative of Ahmadinejad based on which they will decide.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana was also present at the press conference.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy also confirmed the statements of his two EU counterparts.

No details have been unveiled on the talks between Ahmadinejad and the EU3 Foreign Ministers, who had earlier had negotiations on related issue with Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani.


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