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FM: Iran to consider European proposal if it honors Iran's right

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Damascus, May 18, IRNA
Iran-Syria-Mottaki
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday that Iran would consider European proposal if it honored Iran's right to enjoy nuclear technology for civilian use.

Briefing the media on his visit to Syria, he said that nuclear crisis should be resolved through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based on two major axes, namely identification of Iranian right and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

On concern of some Arab states in the Persian Gulf about closeness of Bushehr power plant to them, he said that continuous talks are underway on the issue between Iran and its neighboring states.

"Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is supervised by IAEA, accords with the most advanced standards and is resistant to earthquake," he added.

Mottaki said that he held positive meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his counterpart Walid al-Moualem separately and that ways to enhance the level of mutual ties were discussed.

"The Syrian officials were briefed on the latest developments about our nuclear program, while we had common views in this regard and other matters.

"As neighbors of Iraq, we examined various Iraqi issues and declared our support for the Iraqi political process and establishment of permanent government. Meanwhile, we underlined expansion of bilateral and regional ties with Iraq," he added.

"We believe in making the Iraqi officials responsible to promote full security by national forces to pave the way for withdrawal of the foreign troops according to a timetable as two key axes that will help promotion of security and stability in the country," he added.

He referred to the UN Security Council's resolution on Syria-Lebanon ties and said that UN mandatory approach violates the international law on national sovereignty.

About the current crisis in Lebanon, he said that the best way to solve it is continued talks between the Lebanese factions, which has had good results over the past two months.

He urged the regional states, including Lebanon, to help the Palestinian nation and government as a necessity.

For his part, Al-Moualem told the media that relations between Syria and Lebanon should be based on the will, sovereignty and independence of the two states.

The US proposed draft resolution calling on Syria and Lebanon to establish full diplomatic relations and demarcate their common borders was approved by the UNSC on Wednesday.

On the second leg of his regional tour, the Iranian foreign minister arrived in Damascus Thursday on a one-day visit after his two-day tour to Jordan.

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