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Iranian President: Security unattainable by force and threat

Visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Friday referred to peace, security and justice as the most basic need of the human community and said that neither 'peace` can be attained by suspicion and lack of confidence, nor security by force and threat, IRNA reported from Baku.

Speaking at Azeri National Assembly in Baku, he further said that in today's world peace and security are of great importance.

He added that new understandings and close cooperation are required to promote peace and security.

"Given the discriminations in the international policies as well as unilateralism and dualism practiced by some world powers, the in Iraq and Palestine are just examples of such disastrous events.

"However, firm determination to promote peace, security and justice as well as campaign against war, terrorism and discrimination on the international, regional and national levels can open new horizons to the human community," he added.

Turning to the fact that today the fate of regional and world countries are interdependent, he noted that dialogues, initiatives and new measures are required for getting over the concerns inherent in unilateral politics, economy and culture.

"Today, on the eve of entering the era of information and communication technology, the world is facing new dilemmas and limitations. Therefore, democratic methods and logic should be used to tackle misleading approaches.

"The educational elites and democratic institutions can pave the way to the effect and promote the world nations authority, security, participation in current affairs and opportunity for development through 'social agreements` and `peaceful methods`," he added.

The president pointed to reinforcement of parliamentary ties and formation of friendship groups as ways of expediting cooperation between the two countries, whose range can be wider than the formal and administrative relations.

Referring to collaboration in the field of energy, oil, gas, power and transportation among others, the president reiterated the need for placing focus on such crucial issues as environment and aquatics.

Prior to the president's speech, Speaker of Azerbaijan`s National Assembly Murtuz Aleskerov welcomed the Iranian chief executive and hoped that his visit would give momentum to further expansion of ties and wide cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries.

President Mohammad Khatami arrived in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan Republic, on Thursday for a three-day official visit at the head of a high ranking economic and political delegation.

The president is here at the official invitation of his Azeri counterpart Ilham Aliyev.

The two presidents are expected to issue separate joint statements on political issues and the Caspian Sea.

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