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Iran President says Iran for peace, stability, development in Caucasus

President Mohammad Khatami on Monday reiterated that Iran was for peace, stability and development in Caucasus under the belief that peace and stability there will have a positive impact on Iran's growth and progress, IRNA reported from Tehran.

He made the remark in his message to the 11th International Conference on Central Asia and Caucasus which was read to the event by his deputy for educational and research affairs Ali-Reza Moayyeri.

In his message, the president stressed the fact that a peace-loving and stabilized Caucasus could link "north and south" to "east and west" and function as a bridge to connect neighbors in the region.

"It could serve as the center for dialogue among civilizations and cultures to create a friendly atmosphere of cooperation among regional states to encourage them work towards expanding security and stability in the region," he said.

Pointing to the historical approximity between Iran and Caucasus, he further noted that the Caucasus has always accommodated different nationalities and races living close to each other.

He said this has given rise to the belief that neglecting the fact that common policies there should be based on sublime humanitarian values and ideals would result in region's becoming a center of racist and nationalist conflicts.

In his message, he went on to emphasize that Iran, since the first days of independence on south Caucasus states, has been trying to expand its all-out relations with these countries and also to encourage them to adopt their methods in pursuing their political objectives by playing an intermediatory role.

President Khatami further pointed out that Iran was following a policy of good neighborly ties, detente and dialogue among civilizations and cultures and said, "Instability in Caucasus would impact Iran's policy of expanding its foreign relations in a negative manner."

He also expressed hope that the practical solutions to be offered during the conference play an effective role in promoting peace, stability and friendship in the region.

The 11th International Conference on Central Asia and the Caucasus focusing on the issue of "security in South Caucasus" opened in Tehran on Monday.

Twenty-two articles from among the 67 proposed has been selected to be presented to the two-day conference which hosts diplomats, experts and scholars from Azerbaijan, Germany, Jordan, Armenia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, the USA, the UK, Pakistan, Bahrain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, France, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and India.

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