Iranian Ambassador in Canada Mohammad
Ali Mousavi said on Friday that Iran's foreign policy would not change
tremendously following the 20 February parliamentary elections, IRNA reported from New York.
Speaking to reporters in a press conference in Ottawa, Mousavi
touched on the developments taking shape in the Iranian society and on
the recent parliamentary polls and said no major changes would happen
in the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic.
He said Iran would continue to promote its policy of detente and
to boost its ties with the world countries especially the countries
in the region and its neighbors as well as the Islamic states.
Mousavi said the hand-over of power from one group to the other
would cause no major change in the policies of the Islamic Republic as
the country's foreign policy is the result of the consensus among all
the Iranian political groups and would remain all-but the same.
He turned to the Iranian nuclear activities and said the
cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would continue as in the past.
Iran which is under massive pressure from the United States to
maintain the suspension of uranium enrichment has consistently
emphasized its right under the NPT to produce nuclear fuel for what it
insists are strictly peaceful purposes.
The United States says Iran has set up a secret government
committee overseeing efforts to conceal key elements of the country's
nuclear program from international inspectors.
The IAEA has been investigating since February 2003 whether Iran's
nuclear program is peaceful, or devoted to secretly developing atomic
weapons, as the United States alleges.
The IAEA is to report its findings at a meeting in Vienna in June
that the agency's chief Mohammed ElBaradei has said will be key in the
consideration of Iran's implementation of the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Mousavi then commented on the bilateral ties between Iran and
Canada and the need for the joint efforts to counter terror and
organized crimes in the region and in the world.
Recently, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs William Graham
exchanged views with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi on latest
status of bilateral ties.
The Iranian minister of foreign affairs asked his Canadian
counterpart to urge the Canadian administration to cooperate with
Iran for adopting a realistic attitude toward the issues between the
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