Ahmadinejad: Iran firm on pursuing its rights to nuclear energy
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, May 27, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a meeting with the new Sri Lankan ambassador to Tehran, Muhammad Zuhair, here Saturday said that Iran is determined to pursue its rights to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
At the meeting, in which the Sri Lankan ambassador submitted his credentials to the president, Ahmadinejad said that Iran's approach to its nuclear issue is quite legal and within the framework of NPT.
Stressing that Iran is a proponent of peace and tranquility as well as friendship and brotherliness among all countries, the chief executive said that all world states should consider justice as a criteria for developing relations.
President Ahmadinejad added that certainly once justice is established, all problems will be solved.
Turning to the friendly bilateral ties and its growing trend, he said, "Fortunately, both countries are determined to expand ties in various levels. I hope that given the history of the two nations' culture and civilization, the numerous existing capacities will be used to broaden cultural exchanges."
Pointing to the fact that the economic exchanges between Iran and Sri Lanka are not so satisfactory as their political ties and that economic transactions between the two countries have been limited to exchange of petroleum and tea, he called for expansion of such exchanges in all fields.
For his part, Zuhair said that Sri Lanka supports Iran's intention to gain its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purpose and declared his country's will for solving the current tensions on Iran's issue through talks.
The Sri Lankan diplomat underlined Iran's key role in the Middle East and said, "Despite the growing trend of bilateral ties, there are still grounds for further expansion of such relations."
According to a report released by the Media Department of the Presidential Office, Zuhair appreciated Iran's support for his country in various domains, in particular on safeguarding Sri Lanka's territorial integrity.
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