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Gov't will use all potentials to secure national interests: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 4, IRNA
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Tuesday that the government would use all potentials to secure the country's interests.

Asefi made the remark in response to a question on Iran's economic cooperation with states which took no friendly stance on recent resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against Iran's nuclear activities.

Addressing domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press conference, Asefi said, "Iran's economic cooperation with other states depends on political decisions but we should not make any haste."
Asked about Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's trip to the Persian Gulf littoral states, started on Monday, he said, "This visit is taking place within the framework of our policy of consolidating ties and cooperation with these states.

"The new Iranian government believes in serious attempt and friendly ties with Muslim states particularly neighbors."
Asefi cited bilateral relations, Iraq and Palestine issues and Iran's nuclear case as among main topics on the agenda of the minister's talks with senior officials of those countries and hoped the regional states would pay attention to the fact that regional problems could be settled only through convergence.

In response to moves by Arab states vis-a-vis Iraq's situation, he said, "Foreign states, including Arab and non-Arab, Muslim and non-Muslim should pay attention to Iraq's realities and move in accordance with such realities.

"It is clear nothing can be imposed on the Iraqi nation. The United States will fail as Saddam's regime did."
Asked about a referendum on Iraq's constitution which will be held within the next few days, the spokesman expressed hope the Iraqi nation would massively attend the referendum. "Iran will respect the vote of the Iraqi nation."
In response to a question on future of Iran-Turkey ties if Ankara joins the European Union, he said such a membership would have no adverse impact on the two sides' relations.

"The two countries have deep-rooted and traditional ties which will be firmly maintained. Iran will be happy with whatever decision the Turkish nation makes on membership in the European Union." 2327/1412


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