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Belgian FM spokesman: Michel's visit to Tehran "extremely good"

Brussels, March 17, IRNA -- Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman Rudy Huygelen Wednesday described the visit of Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel to Tehran on Tuesday as "extremely good and cordial."

He told journalists that Michel and his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharrazi, discussed bilateral relations, non-proliferation of WMDs, EU-Iran ties and Iraq during the Belgian foreign minister's one-day trip.

The spokesman said both countries' foreign ministers agreed that dialogue was the way to resolve any misunderstandings between the IAEA and Iran.

On Iraq, Kharrazi stressed the need to hold elections in the country and for occupation forces to withdraw, he said. Michel will brief EU foreign ministers on his visit to Iran when they meet in Brussels on Monday.

Huygelen said Kharrazi and Michel held a separate meeting on the issue of two Iranian girls, Sarah and Yasmin Pourhashemi aged 6 and 15 respectively, who have sought refuge in the Belgian embassy in Tehran since last December.

Michel also met the Iranian father of the girls.

The spokesman said Belgium is convinced of the goodwill on the part of the Iranian authorities to find a solution to the problem.

The two sides also discussed an investment treaty and the avoidance of a double-taxation agreement between Belgium and Iran. "It was an extremely good, cordial and useful visit," stressed the Belgian spokesman.

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