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Iran's FM meets counterparts on sideline of UN General Assembly

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

UN, New York, Sept 20, IRNA
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met separately with his counterparts from Japan, Singapore, Bahrain and Republic of Azerbaijan on the sideline of the 60th UN General Assembly in New York.

In the meetings, Sunday, bilateral relations, international issues, Iran's peaceful nuclear program, main regional issues like Iraq and Afghanistan were discussed.

Mottaki and Japanese Foreign Minister Nabutaka Machimura, in their meeting, emphasized on expansion of bilateral relations in different fields of economics, politics and culture and welcomed increasing process of economic cooperation.

They also emphasized on the need to further strengthen Tehran-Tokyo cooperation, that is already satisfactory, on such international issues as rebuilding Afghanistan and common policies of both sides on providing security and stability in Iraq.

Iran's peaceful nuclear program was another theme of the meeting.

Elaborating on Iran's position, including President Ahmadinejad's new proposals, Mottaki expressed Iran's readiness to negotiate on the matter in details with all interested sides.

Mottaki said, while we are trying our best for confidence building in international arena and abiding by our obligations based on international laws and IAEA protocols, logically we expect the international community, too, to recognize Iran's right to proceed with its peaceful nuclear technology plans.

Concerning Iran's nuclear program, the Japanese side said, "We expect Iran to continue its cooperation with international society and work in the framework of the IAEA regulations.



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