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3/11/03

Iranian, Russian foreign ministers hold first round of talks

According to reports by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) from Tehran, Iranian and Russian foreign ministers on Tuesday discussed the process of bilateral relations on political, economic, cultural areas and the regional and international issues.

Kamal Kharrazi and Igor Ivanov expressed mutual resolve to enhance the level of Tehran-Moscow relations by holding regular consultations and reviewing international developments.

The two foreign ministers described the Friendship Treaty signed by presidents of Iran and the Russian Federation in 2001 as a major step forward and underscored the two countries contribution to build multi-polar world, promote dialogue of civilizations and strengthen the United Nations to advance peace and security in the world.

They said that the fourth meeting of Tehran-Moscow joint economic commission would be an appropriate means for speeding up multi-lateral economic cooperation.

Kharrazi and Ivanov called for joint cooperation in the oil and gas sectors.

They emphasized the understanding between Iran and Russia on applying nuclear energy for civilian use.

Kharrazi said that the nuclear technology cooperation between Iran and Russia is transparent and open to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adding that Iran is in need of using the nuclear energy to generate electricity to meet the demands of growing population.

Kharrazi and Ivanov exchanged views on Iraq crisis and said that Iran and Russia would do their utmost to head off a war adding that they believe that the Iraq crisis would be resolved peacefully under the aegis of the United Nations.

Ivanov said that the Iraq crisis is not an only regional problem, adding that the war threats will have impacts on the whole international developments.

Kharrazi said that Iran cannot remain indifferent toward Iraq crisis and believes that the US war on Iraq will have extensive repercussions in the international community.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered heavy damages from Iraq and the dispute between the two countries still remain unresolved. But, the US looming war on Iraq has posed a great threat to law and order in entire world," Kharrazi said.

Kharrazi said that the United States is not sincere with the international community.

The two foreign ministers are expected to hold second round of talks later in the day.

Ivanov arrived in Tehran Monday evening on a three-day visit.

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