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Iran is an important power in Middle East: Chirac

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- French President Jacques Chirac said on Wednesday that Iran is an important power in the Middle East which should be consulted on resolving the Lebanon crisis.

Chirac warned that the Israel-Lebanon conflict was a threat to the stability of the entire Middle East, following crisis talks with several key ministers, AFP reported.

"Our efforts are focused on the humanitarian situation and the establishment of a ceasefire," told a press conference in Toulon.

"Faced with this crisis, which threatens the stability of an entire region, France is fully mobilized... to secure a ceasefire and reach a durable settlement of this crisis," the French leader commented.

Following the talks in southeastern France, Chirac -- whose country is battling to win support for a UN ceasefire resolution -- warned that there could be no military solution to the four-week crisis.

"Nothing will be solved by force. A political agreement is the key to reaching a solution," he said, describing the conflict as "a tragic succession of deaths, suffering and destruction... which each day brings new horrors."

... Payvand News - 8/10/06 ... --

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