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Former Iranian President Khatami and Senator John Kerry meet in Davos

Tehran, Jan 28, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini here Sunday assessed as "ordinary" a meeting held between former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami and 2004 US Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry.

Speaking to reporters, he said the meeting, held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was just one of the numerous meetings among intellectuals and political figures attending the global forum.

"Such meetings have a background," he said.

Asked whether Khatami conferred with government officials, including those of the foreign ministry, in order to project a unified stance on Iran's peaceful nuclear case at Davos, the spokesman said there was "no definite word on whether Khatami's schedule at the summit would bring him to speak about Iran's nuclear case."

The five-day World Economic Forum ended in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday with its concluding session focusing on the crisis in Iraq.

Khatami, along with global leaders and corporate titans German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft Founder and President Bill Gates were among the 2,400 participants in the meeting.

Iran pondering message received from certain US officials: Hosseini

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said here Sunday that Iran was pondering a message received from certain US officials and politicians.

Hosseini made the disclosure as he addressed reporters at his weekly press conference.

"Studies have not led to specific conclusions. If we arrive at a certain result, we will announce it," he said.

Asked what the message was, he refused to say what it was, saying only that "it will be divulged in due time."

Asked to name the US officials or politicians who sent the message, he replied that their names could not also be announced at this time.

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