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Iranian, Canadian FMs discuss issues of mutual interest

Iran and Canada discussed various issues of mutual interest on Monday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Foreign Minister Dr. Kamal Kharrazi held a telephone conversation with his Canadian counterpart, Bill Graham.

Touching on the case of the Iranian freelance photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, Kharrazi said that "the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has issued instructions to speed up the investigation and is ready to share information or cooperate with Canadian officials to resolve the issue."

He also briefly outlined government efforts to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Graham, for his part, expressed appreciation for Iran's efforts to resolve the Kazemi case and termed President Mohammad Khatami's directive to follow up the issue as a "very positive" one.

Referring to the death of an 18-year-old Iranian, Keyvan Tabesh, in Canada, he said the police are still investigating the issue and that the Canadian government has given its assurance of full cooperation with Iranian officials to resolve the matter.

Canadian police attacked three Iranian nationals in Vancouver this month while they were on their way home resulting in the death of Keyvan Tabesh and injuries inflicted on Amir Aqaie.

The death of Tabesh was followed by a news blackout in Canada.

Graham termed Iran's cooperation with the IAEA as "positive" and called for continuation of such cooperation.

Kharrazi in talks with German, French counterparts

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi held separate phone conversations with his French and German counterparts on Tehran-Paris and Tehran-Berlin ties on Sunday, IRNA reported.

The Information and Press Department at Foreign Ministry said Kharrazi had in the phone calls exchanged views with his counterparts on ways of expanding bilateral ties.

The Iranian, French and German foreign ministers also discussed the latest developments in the region, especially Iraq.

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