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Pakistan recognizes Iran's right to use nuclear technology: Gilani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, May 22, IRNA -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has stated Pakistan consistently advocates for a peaceful resolution to Iran’s nuclear issue by recognizing Iran’s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes while adhering to its NPT obligations.

Gilani was talking to Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan who called him over telephone Thursday night to take him into confidence over the Joint Declaration of Iran, Turkey and Brazil, issue of May 17 over Iran’s nuclear fuel swab, a statement from the PM office said.

The Turkish Prime Minister apprised the Prime Minister that he had earlier on also spoken to US President Obama and the Russian Prime Minister Putin on this subject.

The Prime Minister commended his Turkish counterpart’s statesmanship and crucial role in adoption of the joint declaration and arranging for the agreement on Iran’s nuclear fuel exchange.

He expressed hope that this agreement would pave the way for a negotiated resolution of the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.

The question of recognition of Kosovo was also discussed during the telephonic conversation between the two leaders. The Prime Minister informed the Turkish leader that Pakistan was keenly observing the current situation.

He noted that the UN General Assembly through a resolution had sought the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and ICJ’s opinion was due in July or August, this year. Pakistan hence would keep this issue under review and wait for ICJ’s opinion before taking any decision.

Both the Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction over the exemplary relationship and the ongoing multifaceted bilateral cooperation between both countries. They agreed to further strengthen the existing ties through concerted and sustained efforts and enhanced bilateral interaction at all levels.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1128788

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