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Mottaki acknowledges Iran, Turkey, Brazil to mull fuel swap deal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, May 12, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Iran, Turkey and Brazil will mull a practical deal on fuel swap for Tehran medical research reactor.

Mottaki made the remarks in a joint press conference with Congolese Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba.

He expressed the hope that during the upcoming visit of Brazilian and Turkish presidents to Tehran, the grounds would be prepared for the fuel swap deal which will be taken up to China, Russia and the US.

“We hope all parties to reach agreement on the swap deal,” Mottaki said.

Nuclear swap deal was raised for the first time by former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei.

Mottaki said that the United Nations Security Council members, G5+1 members, Japan and China would play leading role to this respect.

He said that new formula on the swap deal would bring confidence for all parties.

Iran is to establish an embassy in Congo to help bolster and broaden ties and cooperation between the two countries, Mottaki said.

Mottaki said that Iran and Congo did not talk on exchange of uranium between the two countries, adding that Iran possesses rich uranium resources in the country.

The Congo’s foreign minister said for his part that his country is to preserve uranium resources for its next generations.

The two sides expressed the hope to witness expansion of cooperation and relations between Iran and Congo.

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