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12/14/05

FM: Iran deeply concerned about US repeated human rights violations

Tehran, Dec 14, IRNA-Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Tuesday that Tehran is deeply concerned about numerous cases human rights violations by the United States including torture of Muslims as well as members of other religious minorities.

Mottaki made the remark in a meeting with the visiting Foreign Affairs Undersecretary of Philippines Franklin Ebdalin, reported Iran's Foreign Ministry Press and Information Office.

He made the comments in reference to the recent reports by the American media that the US secret service CIA had interrogated and tortured terror suspects at Soviet-era compounds in Eastern Europe.

It was also reported by the Human Rights Watch that Washington is holding at least 25 persons as ghost detainees at undisclosed locations outside of the US.

The Iranian minister firmly requested international bodies and the United Nations affiliated institutes to closely examine the case and take proper measures to stop torture and anti-human rights exercises.

As for Tehran's peaceful nuclear program, Mottaki told the hilippine official that Iran has taken many trust building efforts and had transparent cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"In dealing with the Islamic Iran," stressed the minister, "We expect the IAEA to follow a legal approach in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and based on mutual and fair interaction between the two sides."

Turning to Tehran-Manila relations, Mottaki said there are promising prospects for strengthening of bilateral ties and cooperation as the two capitals enjoy numerous potentials in different economic and trade fields.

The minister also hoped that Iran and the Philippines would boost their cooperation both in regional and international arena and promote relations in the fields of energy, natural gas projects, trade and joint investments.

He added that Tehran believes that all world countries should have active cooperation based on justice and equality.

Meanwhile, the Filipino official said, for his part, that Tehran and Manila enjoy amicable relations in economic and energy fields.

Ebdalin, who is in Tehran to attend third Iran-Philippines consultative committee session, added the the private and public sectors of both countries can help promote bilateral relations.

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