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6/16/06

Iranian and Chinese presidents meet

Shanghai, China, June 16, IRNA-Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jin Tao discussed issues of mutual concern on Friday.

President Ahmadinejad highlighted the necessity of consolidating political consultations between the two countries, stressing that there are some who are opposed to developments in China and Iran as well as bilateral relations.

"While the expansion of ties and might of the two nations will not damage any country, we can have deeper political ties to help ensure global peace and security," he said.

Expressing regret over failure of the International Atomic Energy Agency's member states to abide by their NPT commitment to meet Iran's nuclear needs, Ahmadinejad said, "We need to generate more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 10 years while we should provide such energy through the nuclear power."

President Ahmadinejad voiced his readiness for negotiations under fair and equal conditions.

"Iran is examining the incentive package within framework of national interests and rights," he said.

President Tao for his part reiterated age-old relations between China and Iran through the Silk Road, expressing satisfaction over the level of economic transactions between the two states in recent years.

He added China favors Iran using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

President Tao further said the two countries have many common views in international affairs, adding China is interested in playing its constructive role in Iran's nuclear case in the coming days.

Ahmadinejad warns against foreign interference in Caspian region

Tehran, June 15, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a meeting with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev, on the second day of his visit to China, said that like Kazakhstan, Iran believes that no foreign country should interfere in the region and its security should only be maintained by Caspian Sea littoral states.

At the meeting, held on the sidelines of the sixth Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Thursday, Ahmadinejad urged the countries bordering the Caspian Sea to maintain the friendly atmosphere in the region.

Turning to numerous grounds for multifaceted cooperation between the two countries, the president said that expansion of relations with Kazakhstan is on Iran's foreign policy agenda.

He added that fortunately, a lot of opportunities exist in the agricultural, trade, oil and gas sectors, which should be used at the soon as possible.

Ahmadinejad pointed to transit of goods and oil swap as favorable fields for bolstering bilateral ties, adding that Iran approves of Kazakhstan's policies on the campaign against drugs, terrorism and organized crimes.

Meanwhile, he declared Iran's readiness to cooperate with this country in security matters.

For his part, Nazarbayev expressed his satisfaction over the meeting with his Iranian counterpart, as a person who attaches great importance to friendship between the two countries and broadening of mutual bonds.

The Kazakh president declared his country's willingness to transfer oil and gas to the world markets via Iran.

Nazarbayev added that Iran has great potentials to promote regional peace and tranquility.

He declared Kazakhstan's support for the heads of states summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states to be held in Tehran and hoped that practical agreements will be reached at the meeting to stop the intervention of foreign powers and military forces in the region.

He stressed his country's constant support for Iran in international political matters and stressed, "We are in favor of Iran's access to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and hope that the issue will be solved through talks." President Ahmadinejad arrived in the port city of Shanghai in eastern China Wednesday afternoon to attend sixth SCO summit.

The visit takes place in response to the official invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

President Ahmadinejad's trip to China is his first since assuming office in August 2005. He is the fourth Iranian president to officially visit China.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an inter-governmental organization founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001 by six countries including China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Iran, Pakistan, India and Mongolia have observer status in the SCO.

Mottaki, Lavrov discuss Iran's peaceful nuclear program

Tehran, June 16, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki met with his Russian counterpart Thursday and discussed bilateral ties, Iran's nuclear case and other important issues.

On the sidelines of the sixth summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the two ministers also discussed holding a joint economic commission session and development of bilateral relations.

Stressing expansion of economic ties, the two sides underlined mutual energy cooperation and the need for compilation of the Caspian Sea legal regime.

Referring to the 5+1 Group proposal, Sergei Lavrov said Iran's nuclear rights within framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty is not negotiable.

"We hope to receive Iran's views on adoption of an appropriate solution for settlement of the case," he said.

Mottaki for his part underlined further cooperation between Russia and Iran and hailed Moscow's stances vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear case.

"We are carefully examining the package of the Europeans seriously and we will declare our decisions after final examinations," he noted.

Mottaki called for further negotiations based on diplomacy.

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