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Musharraf supports Iran's right to peaceful use of N-technology

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 27, IRNA
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Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on Friday expressed support for Iran's right to the peaceful use of nuclear technology under appropriate International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

President Musharraf was talking to Iran's First Vice-President Dr Parviz Davoudi, who visited Pakistan Thursday and Friday to attend the 16th session of the Pak-Iran Joint Economic Commission, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

"Pakistan wanted a peaceful settlement of this issue. It was important that confrontation be avoided and flexibility shown by all sides. Pakistan would support efforts to reach an amicable settlement," President Musharraf told the Iranian first
vice-president, according to the statement.

President Musharraf underlined Pakistan's opposition to proliferation of nuclear weapons, the statement said.

Dr Davoudi appreciated Pakistan's principled stand and explained that nuclear weapons had no place in Iran's defence strategy, the statement said.

Iran was prepared to give necessary assurances to that affect, it added.

Bilateral relations and developments on regional as well as global issues of current concern came under discussion.

President Musharraf expressed satisfaction on the successful conclusion of the 16th session of the Pak-Iran Joint Economic Commission, (JEC) which ended in Islamabad yesterday.

He noted that JEC decisions together with the two new protocols signed would further increase trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

The president reiterated Pakistan's keen interest in the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project.

Progress had been made at various meetings of the Joint Working Groups on the project.

However, efforts should be accelerated to settle the remaining issues relating mainly to pricing.

President Musharraf thanked the people and government of Iran for their generous support to the earthquake victims in Pakistan.

It was reflective of the bonds of sincere friendship that characterized relations betweens the two countries, he said.

The Iranian vice-president agreed that an acceptable price structure should be worked out at the experts level.

Vice-President Davoudi was accompanied by the Iranian minister for commerce and housing and town planning.

During his visit, he inaugurated the Artificial Limb Centre in Islamabad donated by Iran.

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