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Khatami: Iran expects talks with Europe to become more serious

Tehran, May 12, IRNA-President Mohammad Khatami said here Thursday that Iran expected nuclear talks with Europe to pass through its present indecisive state and become more serious.

Making the remark during talks with a Malaysian delegation headed by Prime Minister Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi, he said the talks should ot be used as an instrument to obstruct Iran's nuclear activities with an aim of preventing Tehran from gaining access to atomic technology.

Saying that Iran has put forth its expectations and demands to Europeans in vivid terms, he said Iran believed a logical and ideal solution could be worked out by adopting an impartial view free from foreign pressures.

He further asserted that Tehran was by no means after producing nuclear arms while never forsaking its legal, religious and logical right to gain access to nuclear technology.

Outlining Iran's policies of rendering support to the new government in Iraq in a bid to help in establishing security, stability and reconstruction process there, Khatami noted that the elections in Iraq was truly a step forward towards allowing the Iraqi nation to decide its own destiny and put an end to occupation, terrorism and violence.

He also commented on the uneasy situation in the region and voiced his concern about disrespect being shown to al-Aqsa mosque.

Saying that the Zionist regime knows no language but that of force and violence, he said Iran was worried that the sacred mosque as well as the oppressed nation of Palestine might be harmed by Israeli acts.

He also expressed delight over the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference, now presided over by Malaysia, has always been defending the rights of the oppressed Palestinian nation.

Badawi, for his part, welcomed expansion of ties with Iran and expressed satisfaction with the 43 percent growth in the volume of trade exchange between the two countries last year.

He also referred to tourism, air transportation, oil and gas explorations as other potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

Touching upon Iran's nuclear issue, he said he believed any independent country is entitled to gain access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

He hailed Iran's positive measures and clear cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and stressed Malaysia's support for Iran's nuclear program as long as it pursues peaceful purposes.

Badawi also expressed hope that the Iraqi nation would make the best of the present conditions to establish stability and achieve progress.

The Malaysian premier also maintained that the holy al-Aqsa mosque could not be separated from Palestine and said no political solution could ever ignore the presence of Muslim Palestinians in their land.

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