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Iran President calls for democracy at national and international levels

President Mohammad Khatami in a meeting with Spain's Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Rodrigo Rato Figardo in Tehran on Saturday presented an analysis on the latest world developments and called for democracy both at the national and international levels, IRNA reported.

According to a report released by the Media Department of the Presidential Office, at the meeting, President Khatami said that extensive international efforts are required to create necessary conditions for such basic development and protection of human rights.

"At the national level, dialogues are focused on world democracy. Dictators cannot oppose people's call for democracy," he added.

Referring to the positive mutual relations between Iran and Spain in recent years, he reiterated the need to expedite the implementation of the significant agreements inked by the two countries.

Turning to Iran's policies on Iraqi crisis before and after the US-led attack, he said that it will be in the interest of the region, world peace and the Iraqis to let the people determine their fate and the foreign troops would do better to leave the country.

The president noted, "The destinies of regional countries are inter-linked and they seek a stable, tranquil and progressive region," he added.

Turning to the pressure exerted on Iran for its nuclear programs, he said, "Iran is not seeking weapons of mass destruction and it is entitled to have access to peaceful atomic technology."

At the meeting, Figardo conveyed the warm greetings of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar to President Khatami and declared his country's interest in expanding political and economic ties with Iran.

Declaring the support of his country for Iran's membership in the World Trade Organization, he said that Spain currently strives to broaden Iran-EU ties, which are to the interest of both sides.

He referred to the decisive role and stance of Iran in promoting peace and stability across the region and said that both countries have a similar outlook on the establishment of a democratic regime in Iraq.

The Spanish minister also called for transparency in Iran's nuclear program and called on Iran to sign the additional protocol of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Expressing Spain's satisfaction over the developing trend of Iranian community in various fields, he added that `Dialogue Among Civilizations' has been examined and followed up in Spain and called for further cultural cooperation between the two states.

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