President Mohammad Khatami met with UN chief Kofi Annan in Geneva on Thursday on the fringes of a global summit on information societies, where he reiterated Tehran's call on the United Nations to play a pivotal role in Iraq, IRNA reported.
Khatami touched on the Islamic Republic's concerns over the deteriorating situation in that country in the wake of the US-led occupation, saying Tehran welcomes UN plans to instill peace and stability in Iraq with the participation of the neighboring countries.
The Iranian president also voiced his worries over the continued repression of the Palestinians by Israel.
Annan described the security situation in Iraq as worrisome and hoped that a suitable solution is found to settle the crisis with the participation of the neighboring countries and the United Nations.
The UN chief voiced his satisfaction with Tehran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and described an agreement with the European countries on Iran's nuclear operations as positive.
In his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali, the Iranian president described cooperation among Tehran, Islamabad and Ankara for establishing security in the region as important.
Iran and Pakistan, Khatami said, must employ all their efforts for establishing a central popular government in Afghanistan as well as restoring peace and stability to the war-torn country.
The return of peace to Afghanistan and Iraq, however, is tied to the withdrawal of foreign troops from those countries, delegation of affairs to the people and consolidation of unity among various ethnic groups, he added.
Khatami also met with Swiss President Pascal Couchepin, in which he thanked him for "successful" hosting of the World Summit on the Information Societies (WSIS).
Iran, he said, supports the constructive participation of all peace-loving countries in the region.
The Iranian president further reminded the need for European countries to assist Tehran in its single-handed fight against drug rafficking as well as its accommodation of refugees.
Couchepin hailed Khatami's views about the need for multilateralism and described them as constructive and fruitful. The Swiss president acknowledged Iran's important role in the Middle East region and called for further expansion of trade and economic ties between Tehran and Bern.
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