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PGCC expresses support for Iran's rights to nuclear technology

Riyadh, Oct 4, IRNA-The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) on Wednesday voiced support for Iran's legal and inalienable right to access peaceful nuclear technology under rules and regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

PGCC Secretary-General Abdul-Rahman al-Attiya made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Cairo, Egypt.

He said the council also backs settlement of Iran's nuclear case through diplomatic channels or negotiation.

He said the PGCC also backs the international call for establishment of a Middle East region free from weapons of mass destruction, and stressed the importance of Israel being held to account.

Israel is reported to possess more than 200 nuclear warheads, he said, and added it is now clearly the threat to the region because of the absence of supervision over its military and nuclear activities.

Al-Attiya said that in Tuesday's meeting of foreign ministers of the PGCC and the visiting US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, issues including Israel's nuclear arsenal and developments in the region were raised. Foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan also attended the meeting as invited guests.

He stated that the meeting was held within the context of political consultations between regional states and the United States to settle problems of the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman are the six members of the PGCC.

Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, addressing a joint press conference with Rice in the Saudi port city of Jeddah on Tuesday, called for peaceful means to settle the Iran nuclear issue, particularly continuation of talks between Iran and Europe.

Saudi Arabia supports continuation of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- Britain, France, Russia, China and the US -- plus Germany (5+1 Group) in order to reach a compromise on Iran's nuclear case, the Saudi minister said.

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