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Austrian official hopes for settlement of Iran's nuclear issue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Oct 12, IRNA
Austrian State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Hans Winkler in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Vienna Seyed Mohsen Nabavi on Wednesday hoped for settlement of Iran's nuclear issue during the upcoming Austria's rotating term as EU president.

Concerning Iran's nuclear activities for peaceful purposes, he said that undoubtedly every country is entitled to supply its required energy resources by various means.

Winkler expressed hope that if the issue still remains unsolved at the beginning of 2006, when Austria is expected to take over the EU presidency, his country will manage to come up with a proper solution through dialogue and close cooperation with Iran.

Austria is due to take over presidency of the European Union as of January 1, 2006 for six months.

Turning to long amicable relations between the two states in various fields, he expressed confidence that friendly bilateral ties would continue.

Concerning the problems facing the Middle East, the Austrian official said that this would be one of the most significant issues facing Austria during its EU presidency.

He underlined that his country would do its best to take effective measures towards establishment of peace, security and stability in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

For his part, Nabavi pointed to Austria's upcoming EU presidency as a good opportunity for it to play a role in promoting peace and tranquility in the world.

Briefing Winkler on Iran's peaceful activities and referring to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initiative declared at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, he announced Iran's readiness for holding talks with various countries with the objective of transparency and confidence building in order to gain its legal rights based on international laws.

Nabavi hoped that during the November meeting, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and European countries will take steps towards solving the issue diplomatically, free from a political approach.

During the meeting, various matters of mutual concern were also discussed.



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