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FM: Iran ready to continue talks on its nuclear issue

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 26, IRNA
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting with the outgoing Belgian Ambassador to Tehran Jacques Vermoulin here Saturday said that Iran is ready to continue talks on its nuclear issue with the relevant negotiators within the framework of its commitments and rights to come up with a proper solution.

According to a report released by the Foreign Ministry Media Department, he said that Iran has approached the package of proposals of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (5+1 group) constructively.

Turning to Iran's strategy on regional and international issues, he said that proper understanding of the Middle East realities and the actual roots of its crisis by the West can help it identify its nature and help find a way to solve it.

"A proper look at the origin of threats arising from the Zionist regime against Palestinian and Lebanese people will facilitate solving the Middle East major problem.

"However, unfortunately, disregard for such threats and continued injustice to Lebanese and Palestinian people have caused the innocent regional people to suffer great loss, so that 16 years past Oslo Agreement, no progress has taken place in the peace process," he added.

Mottaki said that the US policies based on intervention in Iraq have deteriorated the factional conflict and strengthened terrorists, adding that Iraqi crisis can be solved through passing on the charge of current affairs to people and withdrawal of foreign troops.

The minister referred to the history of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction with the growing trend of ties based on mutual respect.

For his part, the Belgian diplomat assessed Iran-Belgium relations as positive and said that cooperation between the private sectors of the two sides has improved the overall trend of trade exchanges.

He said that great progress has been made in joint LNG projects and trade exchanges.

"Belgium's participation in reconstruction of the quake-hit Bam city has prepared the ground for cultural cooperation between the two countries," he concluded.


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