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Iran, France expect headway with nuclear talks

Paris, April 6, IRNA-Iran and France here Tuesday expressed hope talks between Iran and the EU trio on Tehran's peaceful nuclear program would make progress.

The visiting Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his French counterpart Jacques Chirac hoped the talks would guarantee Iran's inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and build confidence for the European side.

In a meeting, the two presidents discussed bilateral, regional, and international developments.

Khatami pointed to France's role in Western civilization and culture, saying French is the cradle of modern civilization and world.

Referring to the Palestinian crisis, he stressed the importance of finding a fair solution, which would observe the absolute rights of the Palestinian nation.

The Iranian president highlighted the importance of maintaining unity and solidarity in Lebanon and said instability in Lebanon would be harmful for the region and the world.

Chirac praised Iranian culture and civilization, saying he believes Iran, due to its features, should enjoy a top position.

He appreciated Khatami on behalf of French government and nation and the European Union for his decision to attend the funeral ceremony of Pope John Paul II.

Before leaving Europe for Tehran, Khatami attends Friday's funeral of Pope John Paul II who died at the age of 84 on Saturday evening of kidney disease and heart failure.

Iranian and French foreign ministers were present in Khatami-Chirac meeting.

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