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Iranian FM, Qatari Emir discuss ties, regional issues

Doha, Oct 7, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa ath-Thani in Doha on Thursday.

According to Iran's Foreign Ministry, Mottaki conveyed the message of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which said Tehran is willing to reinforce relations with neighboring states.

The visiting minister elaborated on strategies of Iran's new government for relations with Qatar and added, "We believe Tehran and Doha should create a new atmosphere for mutual and regional cooperation."

Shifting to Iraq developments, Mottaki said the neighboring state has two options. The first choice is to help political process bear fruit and to call on the majority to observe the minority's rights and the second option is to let insecurity and instability grow, occupiers extend their presence, and inflict further damage on Iraqi people.

Speaking about his country's peaceful nuclear activities, he said, "Based on its ethical and Islamic principles, the Islamic Republic is not in need of using its nuclear program for military purposes. The country is trying to establish balanced rights and fulfill its commitments within the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regulations.

"Our confidence-building and transparent measures are completely clear to the agency (International Atomic Energy Agency) and Europe.

That Iranian scientists should be weaned off from modern technology is not in conformity with any international principles and rules." Mottaki, however, expressed Iran's readiness to hold negotiations with friend countries and European states while safeguarding its rights.

The Qatari emir, for his part, pointed to Tehran-Doha ties, saying the two countries' relations are age-old and based on strong bonds.

He expressed his gratitude to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his message, voiced Doha's preparedness to boost its relations with Tehran according to each other's interests and regional and international developments.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa ath-Thani called for expansion of bilateral cooperation through continuous negotiations between the foreign ministers, declaring his country's willingness to make new capacities operational in accordance with legal and diplomatic mechanisms.

Calling the situation in Iraq as dangerous, the emir noted some are trying to cause division and discord in that country by organizing conspiracies and massacring the Shiites.

"We welcome any solution supporting democracy and respecting public desire in Iraq," he vowed.

Talking about Iran's peaceful nuclear program, the Qatari leader said, "To us, Iran is a country rich with democracy and civilization. We do not believe that Iran is seeking military purposes in its nuclear activities."

He expressed hope negotiations on Iran's nuclear case will back on track.

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