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Iranian FM briefs reporters on his talks with Egyptian officials

Iskandariyah, Aug 13, IRNA-Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday briefed reporters on the outcome his meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

On the third leg of his regional tour, Mottaki arrived in Iskandariyah, Egypt, Saturday night to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials and convey President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message to his Egyptian counterpart.

After his three-our meeting with President Mubarak, Mottaki along with his Egyptian counterpart took part in a joint press conference.

"The meeting was quite positive and mainly centered on regional developments, including Lebanon and the Zionist regime's wide-scale aggressions on that country.

"Given that we are situated in a significant region, obviously it is quite natural for regional developments to influence all the countries and nations of the region," he added.

He said that about developments in Lebanon, the attempts of just one country is not in question, but collective efforts are required.

"The Arab League and Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) held various sessions to assess the Lebanese crisis, including the Cairo meeting, foreign ministers meeting in Beirut and OIC meeting in Malaysia, which demonstrated the need to pursue regional developments collectively.

"Of course, part of such attempts were fruitful and some of the points included in the United Nations Security Council's resolution on Lebanon are the consequence of such efforts," he said.

Turning to Hizbollah as part of Lebanon, he said that decision about Lebanon should be made by the Lebanese people themselves, adding that Iran has always supported such a unanimous decision by the Lebanese and will continue its support in future.

In response to a question about Iran's role in the possible disarmament of Hizbollah, he said, "Let the Lebanese themselves decide about it. In fact, the consensus and decision of Lebanese people should be respected."

The minister said that Lebanese nation, similar to other regional nations, showed that they hold talks about whatever is in their interest among themselves to come up with proper decisions, adding that such unanimous decisions will be supported by Iran.

About US charges against Iran on its nuclear issue, he said that it is quite natural for the US to accuse others.

"The US says that it has the right to access nuclear weapons, but others not entitled to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," he stated.

Concerning Iran-Egypt ties, he referred to Egypt's significant regional stance and said that Iranian officials have been exchanging views with their Egyptian brothers at various levels.

"The commonalties between the two states including significant international and regional issues as well as their common concerns contribute to their common approach to many issues.

"Egyptian president expounded on his views on various matters, which was quite beneficial for me," he added.

Mottaki said that he and President Mubarak also discussed their support for Lebanese brothers and sisters along with other Islamic and Arab states, given that this was the key point of President Ahmadinejad's message to his Egyptian counterpart.

Mottaki, who is heading a high-ranking political delegation, wound up an official visit to Yemen and arrived in Egypt on an official visit.

He set off for Turkey on Friday on the first leg of his tour of regional states. During his stay in Turkey, he held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul.

Mottaki is expected to leave Egypt this afternoon.

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