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Iranian FM refutes Browne's claims Tehran helps Taliban

Tehran, May 10, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday rejected accusations made by British Defense Secretary Des Browne that Tehran was helping the Taliban fight coalition forces in Afghanistan.

He told the Iranian al-Alam TV channel that the British, like the Americans, know how to put the blames on others.

The point in question which is under study is Britain's covert relations and secret talks with the Taliban leaders, Mottaki, who is currently on a tour of the Scandinavian states, added.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes in the continued support for President Hamid Karzai's government," he said urging the International Community, neighboring countries and regional states to strongly support Karzai's government in order to prevent re-emergence of extremism and terrorism in Afghanistan.

US presence in Iraq, major factor behind regional insecurity

Iranian FM said on Wednesday the major factor behind insecurity in Iraq is the presence of occupying forces.

Mottaki, who is currently on a tour of the Scandinavian states, made the remark in a meeting with foreign diplomatic corps in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Highlighting Iran's latest stance on developments in Iraq, he said Tehran supports the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in a bid to help establish peace and security in its war-torn neighboring state.

Tehran spares no effort in encouraging all Iraqi religious and ethnic groups to strengthen their solidarity, he reiterated.

Briefing the audience on the latest developments in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Mottaki said Tehran believes in balanced economic relations with all European states.

Iran and North Europe enjoy great potentials to further expand cooperation in various fields, the foreign minister noted.

As to talks held between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, France, China, Russia and the US -- plus Germany), he deplored the US unilateral approach regarding Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Mottaki also outlined issues discussed during his meetings with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

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