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Foreign Minister:Iran axis of security, stability in sensitive Persian Gulf region

Tokyo, Feb 9, IRNA -- Visiting Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in Tokyo on Wednesday that Iran was the "axis of security and stability in the sensitive Persian Gulf region and a safe partner as well."

He made the remarks in a meeting with head of the Japan-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group Taro Nakayama who referred to Iran as an influencing state in the region.

The Japanese official also stressed that Tokyo was willing to continue its deep and open ties as well as talks with Tehran.

Kharrazi arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he discussed major regional and international issues with the senior Malaysian officials during a two-day official visit.

His visit to Japan aimed at promotion of mutual relations between the Iranian and Japanese nations as well as boosting bilateral cooperation between Tehran and Tokyo.

In his meeting with Nakayama, Kharrazi discussed Tehran's stances on the latest developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East region and also talked about the current trend of social and political developments in Iran.

The Iranian minister reiterated that Tehran supported establishment of a democratic Iraq and maintenance of its solidarity as well as its good neighboring policy.

"Tehran believes that the one-sided support for the Zionist regime of Israel and turning a blind eye to the basic and legitimate rights of the Palestinian nation should be stopped," Kharrazi said, referring to the issue of Palestine and the Middle East.

As for Iran, Kharrazi stated that democracy was institutionalized in the country and the trend of events headed to stabilization of a religion-based democracy in the country.

The minister stressed that Iran possessed a unique and significant status among other regional states regarding its efforts to establish a religion-based democracy in the country.

Iran is, nowadays, celebrating the 26th victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

According to the foreign minister the idea of tolerating all voices and dealing with different ideas was the dominant thinking in Iran but, he regretted, the US antagonism prevented the country of playing its own role in this connection.

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