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Ahmadinejad: Iran 'serious' in talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 3, IRNA
Iran-Syria-Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, "We are serious in continuation of fair talks which can produce practical and fruitful results."

President Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad prior to the latter's departure for his home.

"We hope that others will adopt the same policy to help resolve regional and global issues through negotiations," he said.

The Iranian government and nation have adopted a very crystal clear, legal and just stand, he said, adding that "We evaluate the current situation as positive and believe that the future would be to the benefit of the Iranian and Syrian nations as well as other regional nations."

"We spare no efforts to respect the interests, dignity, independence and development of countries of the region," said the Iranian president.

On Iran's nuclear program, the Syrian president once again called for respecting law and justice in dealing with the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy, he said.

"Fortunately the current situation is very satisfactory and we think that those who for many years have stood up to the Iranian nation have reached the conclusion that there is no other option but to resolve the issue through negotiations," he said.

During their talks, the two presidents reviewed mutual, regional and international developments, he pointed out.

"We also held good talks on various issues including Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq," said President Ahmadinejad.

Since the region is on the verge of a great change, it was necessary for Iran and Syria to once again review regional developments in order to make coordination prior to taking decision on such developments, he said.

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