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8/8/05

Iranian FM welcomes visits of European Parliament delegations

Tehran, Aug 8, IRNA-Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi welcomed Sunday the visits of European Parliament delegations to Iran, expressing hope that the visits could lead to understanding the ongoing conditions in the region.

Kharrazi, whose office will be over this month, made the remark in a meeting with Chairman of Conservative Group of European Parliament Hans Gert Poettering, the Information and Press Department at Foreign Ministry reported.

Referring to the developments in the Middle East, Kharrazi noted that injustice is considered as the root cause of terrorism in the region which is spread to Europe, saying the European Parliament is expected to deal with terrorism free from any biased attitude.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Kharrazi criticized the efforts underway to deprive Iran from its legitimate rights to obtain peaceful nuclear technology.

"Israel is not a signatory to NPT and does not allow the IAEA inspectors to inspect, having variety of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including the arsenal of the biological and nuclear weapons.

However, Iran, that is a member of NPT and calls for a WMD free region with the IAEA inspectors watching its facilities repeatedly, is doomed to be deprived of its legitimate rights," regretted the official.

At the meeting, the European Parliament official briefed Kharrazi on the activities and stances of the Conservative Group of European Parliament.

Poettering said he is visiting Iran "to get better and more realistic account of the ongoing events in the world of Islam, especially in the Islamic Republic of Iran." He said, "We are for dialogue and collaboration among different civilizations but against confrontation among them." The Conservative Group of European Parliament includes 267 Christian Democrat members from 25 European Parliament member states.

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