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FM: Iran seeks nothing beyond its own rights within NPT

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Damascus, May 18, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem Thursday said that Iran sought nothing more than its own rights within Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Mottaki said that sanctions will have negative impacts, adding that diplomatic talks aiming to come up with appropriate ways is the best option to guarantee Iran's right to enjoy nuclear energy for peaceful purpose.

Concerning the Palestinian issue, he said that unity among Palestinian groups and their consciousness to Zionist regime's plots is the best strategy.

"We call for the Islamic states to help Palestine's democratically elected government and that the Muslim World should add extra topics on its agenda of Palestine.

"About situation in Iraq, Iran believes that Iraqi neighboring countries upcoming meeting in Tehran would serve to promote regional security and stability and help the Iraqis and their permanent government," he added.

Turning to the recent resolution of the UN Security Council which urged Syria and Lebanon to restore full political ties, he said establishment of relations between countries are defined in line with their national interests and that rather the independent will of governments should be taken into account.

Mottaki noted that the UNSC should not undermine the UN rules.

The minister said that the high cooperation committees of the two states should become more active, which will facilitate trade and prospects of economic cooperation.

"In addition to the favorable trend of the joint cooperation commission, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and First Vice President Parviz Davoudi stress the priority to identify new capacities," said Mottaki.

For his part, Al-Moualem said that his country is ready to form more joint commissions in future.

He assessed the proposal of his Iranian counterpart on the prospect for further joint economic cooperation as quite significant and constructive.

"Close cooperation between Iran and Syria in the face of regional developments and Iraq's neighboring states upcoming meeting in Tehran can help alleviate the suffering of Iraqi nation, establish the country's permanent government and withdrawal of foreign troops," said the Syrian minister.


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