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Iranian FM meets Danish, Belgian, Dutch counterparts

United Nations, New York, Sept 22, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with his Danish, Belgian and Dutch counterparts on Wednesday on the fringes of the 60th UN General Assembly meeting.

During separate meetings, the foreign ministers discussed key regional and international issues including developments in Iraq, the Middle East and Iran's civilian nuclear program.

In his meeting with Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller, Mottaki said as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced in New York, Iran is strongly against production and use of nuclear weapons which is prohibited legally and religiously in Iran.

"The Islamic Republic has been pioneer and advocate of making the Middle East region free from nuclear weapons. We will continue cooperation within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty but insist on our right in access to nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

"We will welcome and study all proposals in this field. We expressed readiness for partnership with state or private sectors of other states for more transparency and confidence-building on the national nuclear program.

In response to a call by Danish foreign minister to Iran to continue suspension, he added, "We have currently no intention to resume enrichment activities.

"The Islamic Republic, while ready to have all-out cooperation with the international community, cannot overlook its right. Our cooperation with the international community is to achieve our inalienable and legal rights." Turning to the issue of fight against drugs, Mottaki said Iran has suffered heavy financial and human losses in its anti-narcotics campaign and called for expansion of cooperation and participation of the international community to fight drugs.

He emphasized importance of establishing security and stability in Iraq and putting an end to the country's occupation.

Meanwhile, the Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht, in his meeting with Mottaki, called for efforts to find a dialogue-based solution to Iran's nuclear case.

The Iranian minister, for his part, said Iran has always opposed to production of nuclear weapons.

"We are ready to continue broad and constructive cooperation with the international community while we believe no one can deprive us of nuclear technology for civilian purposes," he said.

Mottaki and Gucht also highlighted the importance of bolstering bilateral relations.

The Iranian minister invited his Belgian counterpart to pay a visit to Tehran in the near future. The invitation was accepted by Gucht.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot termed Tehran-Hague relations as excellent and called for further consolidation of cooperation.

Mottaki voiced Iran's determination to bolster relations with all states based on mutual respect.

Mottaki meets counterparts from Egypt, Chile, Czech Republic and DPRK

Mottaki on Wednesday discussed avenues for expansion of bilateral relations with a number of foreign counterparts.

Mottaki explained Iranian stance on nuclear issues during separate meetings with foreign ministers of Egypt, Chile, Czech Republic and DPRK deputy foreign minister on the sidelines of the 60th UN General Assembly meeting.

Mottaki termed as 'very transparent the constructive solution' the initiative put forward by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the World Summit in New York about nuclear standoff with European Union.

He said the president's proposal left no doubt on civilian nature of Iran's nuclear program.

He expressed hope the board of governors would make a wise decision which would satisfy the two sides and not cause more crises.

The minister pointed to Iran's economic relations and said based on the president's viewpoint, all bilateral agreements would be revised to implement parts of the accords still remained to be fulfilled to enhance level of economic cooperation.

He outlined current developments in the region including Iraq, saying in addition to international campaign against terrorism, Iraq faces main problems of terrorism and presence of foreign forces and continued occupation.

"In Iran's eyes, tribalism is condemned. All groups including Shia, Sunni Muslims, Kurds and Turkmen have the right to play role in Iraq government," Mottaki said.

The Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, in his meeting with Mottaki, highlighted importance of bolstering bilateral relations and said Iran committed no violation on nuclear safeguards.

He expressed hope talks would be further continued to ease the tension.

In his meeting with Iran's Mottaki, Chilean Foreign Minister, Ignacio Walker, expressed satisfaction over good bilateral ties between the two countries.

He voiced his country's willingness to further promote mutual ties through exchange of political delegations and bilateral cooperation in such areas including energy and mine.

Meanwhile, Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda, called for increasing the volume of trade exchanges with Iran.

Democratic People's Republic of Korean (DPRK) deputy foreign minister, in a separate meeting with Iran's foreign minister, presented a report on latest nuclear talks with Group 6 including the United States and said Pyongyang will continue negotiations to fully achieve its demands.

He praised Iran's stance on the country's inalienable right to use nuclear technology for civilian purposes.

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