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10/4/05

Spain calls for resumption of Iran-Europe nuclear talks

Madrid, Oct 4, IRNA-Spain's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Bernardino Leon said in Madrid on Monday his country calls for a resumption of nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union and believes any attempt to hinder such negotiations should be thwarted.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a day-long conference dubbed "Iran in the 21st Century; Energy and Security," Leon added that Spain supports talks between Iran and the three European states (Germany, France and Britain) to settle Iran's nuclear issue within the framework of the Paris Agreement.

Madrid believes in promoting fair and long-term ties with Tehran through political negotiation, he said.

He said he considers Iran among the greatest players in Middle East politics and a country with a rich culture and history which has played an effective role in the settlement of regional issues.

"The Spanish government believes Iran's participation and cooperation in efforts to resolve regional issues are crucial," Leon said, adding that it can also play a key role in developments affecting Palestine, Iraq and and the establishment of security guarantees in the Middle East.

Spain also believes Iran is at a sensitive juncture where it is being called upon to help move forward the peace process between Arabs and Israel and help resolve the Palestinian issue with Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, he stated.

The Spanish official pointed to Iran's support for a plan put forward by the Spanish prime minister for a coalition between Western civilizations and Islam along the lines proposed by the former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami in his proposal for a "dialogue among civilizations."

He called for joint efforts by the two countries to encourage other countries to support the spirit of dialogue and mass cooperation in the international arena.

Leon also voiced his country's readiness to hold talks with Iran on regional and international developments as well as issues of mutual interest.

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