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Austrian diplomat hopes Iran's nuclear problems resolved during Austria's EU presidency

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Vienna, Oct 13, IRNA
Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' government Secretary Hans Winclair in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Vienna Seyed Mohsen Nabavi here Wednesday expressed hope that during Austria's rotating EU Presidency Iran's nuclear problems would be resolved.

Further focussing on Iran's peaceful nuclear program, Winclair added, "There is no doubt that all countries in the world are entitled to take peaceful advantage of the nuclear energy, or to meet their energy demands in any other possible way."
The Austrian diplomat meanwhile expressed hope that in case Iran's nuclear dossier at the IAEA would remain unclosed until the beginning of 2006, when Austria's rotating turn for EU Presidency begins, his country would be able to take effective steps in that regard and solve the problem through adopting diplomatic measures relying on Tehran's cooperation.

Winclair referred to old record of good relations between Iran and Austria in various fields, reiterating, "We are sure such good ties would keep improving in the future."
Government Secretary at Austrian Foreign Ministry then focussed on current various crises in the Middle East, arguing, "Seeking practical solutions to such issues would be among matters of topmost priority for Austrian Foreign Ministry during our country's EU Presidency."
He emphasized, "Austria would try to lead EU toward taking effective steps toward establishment of peace and promotion of stability in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine,"
The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Vienna, too, said during the meeting that Tehran considers Austria's six-month EU presidency a golden opportunity for that country to play a decisive role in promotion of peace and stability throughout the world.

Elaborating on Islamic Republic's efforts aimed at promoting peace in the region and beyond throughout its 26-year history, Nabavi focussed on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposals at UN General Assembly aimed at solving Iran's stand-off with the West regarding its nuclear program.

He said, "Adopting such measures would definitely lead to maximum transparency and full confidence building regarding Iran's nuclear program, and what more could the critics of our nuclear activities possibly ask for?"
The Iranian diplomat expressed hope that the European countries would during UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors November meeting take effective steps toward solving the problem through diplomatic measures, free from political considerations and the US hegemony.

The two countries' officials also discussed issues of particular interest for Tehran and Vienna, as well as bilateral ties during the meeting.


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