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Iran welcomes French president's possible visit to Tehran

Tehran, Dec 25, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini, said on Tuesday Tehran would welcome a visit to Iran by the French president if the visit leads to further international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

Hosseini made the remark while commenting on recent reports from Paris that President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would visit Iran if the country boosted its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Hosseini stressed that the IAEA is the "only legal source entitled to examine the case of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities," and that Tehran had no limits on IAEA's inspection of its nuclear sites and facilities.

"Iranian officials will consider President Sarkozy's visit as an effective and constructive move, if it preludes to strengthening of confidence of international community in peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities," Hosseini stressed.

He added that Tehran welcomed Paris proposal for establishing joint cooperation in the field of peaceful nuclear activities.

Hosseini comments on situation in Lebanon

Hosseini also commented on latest developments in Lebanon. Lebanon has recently drafted a law to amend its constitution to allow military candidates to participate in its presidential elections.

The necessary measure to resolve ongoing political tensions in Lebanon is to make new initiatives leading to diplomatic solution to the problem, Hosseini told IRNA.

"It seems that France has a better understanding of the situation in Lebanon," Hosseini said while commenting on Paris and Washington's positions regarding Beirut's new decision to amend constitution.

"Paris position was more rational than that of Washington," stressed the spokesman.

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