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Iran to participate in top-notch Munich security conference

Berlin, Feb 5, IRNA -- Iranian representatives will take part in the 40th Munich Conference on Security Policy this weekend in Germany -- host to high-level officials from over 30 countries, DPA reported Thursday.

The two-day international conference which kicks off on Saturday in the southern Germany city of Munich will also bring together 270 mostly security experts from 45 states, including all defense ministers of NATO for talks on global security policy.

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Germany's foreign and defense ministers will be among the participants.

The security advisor of former German chancellor Helmut Kohl and Chairman of the Munich conference, Horst Teltschik, is scheduled to open the two-day event which will focus on the 'Prospects of Transatlantic Relations', the 'Future of Nato' as well as 'Future Developments in the Middle East'.

According to Teltschik, who spoke to reporters prior to the event, the conference will 'exclusively focus on political ways of crisis prevention and crisis management', and not military ones.

The conference chairman also expressed hope that the meetings would help improve the state of ties between Berlin and Washington, strained over Germany's refusal to join the US-led war against Iraq.

NATO defense ministers are scheduled to hold an informal meeting Friday in the run-up to the conference, with organizers underlining that the event is 'not a NATO conference'.

Tight security measures will be in place for the conference which will, as in past years, draw anti-war and anti-globalization activists from around the country who accuse the participants of being war strategists.

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