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Egypt backs Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy

Algiers, Jan 19, IRNA-Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif in Cairo on Wednesday stressed Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. In a meeting with visiting Iranian Vice President for legal and parliamentary affairs Ahmad Moussavi, Nazif called for peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear case.

He pointed to historical position and great civilizations of Iran and Egypt and expressed his country's readiness to adopt appropriate strategies on further expansion of ties with Iran.

He urged Tehran and Cairo to make use of their great political and economic ground for promoting relations.

The premier called for cooperation among Islamic states in the economic and social fields to fight unemployment and poverty in Muslim nations.

Moussavi, for his part, outlined the latest developments on Iran's nuclear dossier and the country's principled stance on attaining its right to peaceful nuclear energy.

"All signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have the right to use peaceful nuclear energy based on international regulations and under supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"The West's efforts to deprive Iran of this right are illogical and irrational.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue cooperation with international community and the IAEA within the framework of its transparency policy," he said.

The Iranian official added the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attaches importance to expansion of political, economic nd cultural ties with Islamic states.

"Iran and Egypt enjoy great civilizations and a strategic position in their regions. The two countries can play an effective role in solving problems of the Islamic world by making use of rich resources and joint potentials and through expanding ties among Islamic states.

"Tehran and Cairo, given their suitable position, can use their potentials for the dignity of Muslims," Moussavi added.

Prior to his visit to Egypt, Moussavi was in Algeria and Libya where he conferred with senior officials of the two countries.

Amr Moussa: Taking peaceful advantage of nuclear energy Iran's natural right

Algiers, Jan 19, IRNA-Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa emphasized in Cairo Wednesday Iran's natural right to have access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

According to IRNA reporter in Cairo, the AL chief made the comment in a meeting with Iran's Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Vice President Hojatoleslam Seyed Ahmad Moussavi, during which the two sides exchanged viewpoints on issues of mutual interest.

Amr Moussa said, "Nuclear issues related to Iran must be resolved in the course of negotiations amid a peaceful atmosphere free from all kinds of threats."

The Arab League Secretary General emphasized, "Iran's nuclear dossier has no other options, but continued negotiations." Criticizing the world powers' double standards on nuclear issue, he welcomed Iran's proposal for declaring the Middle East a nuclear- weapons-free-zone.

He described the current status of the region as "quite sensitive" and called on all involved parties in the Middle East to refrain from moves that create further tension and new crises under such conditions.

Moussa also said that Iran's transparent policy on its nuclear activities was quite a right decision.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the AL Secretary General considered the current ties between Iran and the Arab World "strong and satisfactory" asking for further strengthening of such good ties.

He said, "Our shared enemies are after sowing the seeds of discord by propagating about the Arab-Ajam (non-Arab) and Shi'a-Sunni disputes, trying to create gaps within the Islamic World." The AL Secretary General reiterated, "Under such conditions the Muslim nations should wisely refrain from moving in those directions, and strengthen ties among themselves, instead."

Amr Moussa added, "Iran's ties with the Arab world are both historic and strategic, and they should be facilitated to secure the interests of the entire Islamic World."

The Iranian Vice President Moussavi, too, during the meeting informed Amr Moussa of the latest developments in Iran's nuclear dossier, as well as Iran's insistence in taking advantage of its natural right in taking peaceful advantage of the nuclear energy.

Hojatoleslam Moussavi added, "All member state of the NPT are entitled to this right and the West's efforts aimed at depriving us of this right are not only illogical, but also illegal."

He said, "Iran would continue its transparent policy regarding its nuclear activities and keep on cooperation with the international community, and particularly the IAEA on the issue."

President Ahmadinejad's Vice President in Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hojatoleslam Seyyed Ahmad Moussavi also met Egypt's Parliament Speaker Ahmad Fathi Sorour and that country's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mufid Shahab on Wednesday morning.

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