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FM hopes EU will press for solution to nuclear standoff recognzing Iran's nuclear right

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bali, Indonesia, May 13, IRNA
Indonesia-Iran-FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Saturday expressed hope European states will press for a solution to the current nuclear standoff recognizing Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy and capabilities when they resume negotiations next week.

Mottaki made the remarks while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the fifth summit of the D-8 (Group of 8 developing Muslim countries) which opened in the Indonesian island of Bali Suturday morning.

"In that happens, Iran will have its highest cooperation," he said.

Referring to the EU's nuclear negotations with Iran in August last year which eventually broke off, he urged European states, as the chief negotiators in the nuclear issue, not to repeat their past experience.

"The Iranian government and nation will not be encouraged by any incentive that will not deprive Iran of the right to access peaceful nuclear technology and defend its other rights," Mottaki said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey, members of the Group of 3 large Muslim states or the D-8, began their 5th summit in the Indonesian island of Bali earlier today with an inaugural speech by President Ahmadinejad.

The group was founded in Istanbul, Turkey on June 15, 1997 with the goals of expanding cooperation among its member states in the economic and commercial fields, promoting collective cooperation in international decision-making and providing more welfare facilities to member countries.

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