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Iran: Rowhani stresses determination of Caspian legal regime

Tehran, July 5, IRNA -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Hassan Rowhani here Monday stressed the need for speedy settlement of the legal regime for the Caspian Sea through an agreement among littoral states.

In a meeting with the head of Russia's Security Council, Igor Ivanov, Rowhani said determination of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea would play an important role in safeguarding regional stability and security.

He added that NATO's efforts to be present at the region run counter to the regional interests and would bring about instability. He termed security cooperation among Caspian Sea states as very important.

He said joint meetings between Security Councils of littoral states would be an effective factor in implementation of collective cooperation among regional countries in order to safeguard peace, stability and security.

The SNSC secretary stressed Iran's commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Safeguard and temporary implementation of the NPT additional protocol.

"Through This policy Iran is sending most complete and powerful signals to the international community on peaceful nature of its nuclear activities, and it provides the best reason for cooperation of the IAEA Board of Governors with Iran to realize its full rights to the possession of peaceful nuclear technology," he said.

Pointing to the expansion of Iran-Russia economic ties, he added high volume of direct and indirect two-way economic exchanges which have reached up to two billion dollars, is indicative of an eye-catching growth. He called however for a balanced exchange trend to guarantee the stability in economic ties.

Rowhani said successful implementation of Bushehr power plant project is the symbol of technological relations and called for settlement of remaining issues and speedy carrying out of the project.

He assessed expansion of cooperation in various transportation fields and bilateral cooperation in promoting North-South transit in line with regional interests and asked for providing further facilities of member states for transit of goods.

Ivanov, who is currently here at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart, stressed the importance of expanding Tehran-Moscow political ties in line with the two sides' national interests at regional and international levels.

Complicated developments in the world in general and in the region in particular highlighted the need of strengthening mutual relations to settle regional crises and establish stability more than ever, he said.

The Russian official noted that construction of Bushehr power plant would be completed by 2005 and it would come on line in 2006.

Ivanov expressed satisfaction over the progress made in issues regarding legal regime of the Caspian Sea, saying "Iran and Russia can establish joint economic cooperation in Central Asia and the Caucasus."

He noted that Iran-Armenia and Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline projects are among strategic schemes in the region and voiced his country's readiness for cooperation to this effect.

Ha praised Iran's nuclear policies and stressed that Iran's logical policies prevented its nuclear case to be referred to the United Nations Security Council.

The enemies of Iran could not use the issue as a pretext to put the country under pressure, he was quoted as saying.

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