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Iranian FM welcomes Saudi nuclear consortium proposal

Tehran, June 27, IRNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday welcomed his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal's proposal to form a nuclear consortium, comprising Iran and members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, and said Iran is ready to negotiate on it.

Mottaki said Iran considers its progress and development as that of the neighboring states.

"Iran is ready to put its knowledge and experience in different fields at the disposal of the neighboring countries to help their development."

He recalled PGCC members statement in their meeting in Riyadh last year in which voiced interest in producing nuclear energy and said that Iran soon welcomed the PGCC's nuclear initiative regarding the need for using renewable resources, especially nuclear energy, as substitute to the depleting fossil fuels.

"We have always announced our preparedness for cooperation with the countries on peaceful nuclear program," he noted.

Referring to some efforts to portray nuclear issue as source of dispute between Iran and the Arab states, Mottaki said, "In our opinion, the subject has been one of the highly positive ground for expansion of regional cooperation and can effectively contribute to the economic progress and development of the region."

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