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Iranian delegation holds joint press conference with Solana and Prodi

Rome, Oct 24, IRNA - Iranian high ranking delegation held a press conference here Wednesday with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana.

At the beginning, Prime Minister Prodi said, "Dialogue is the only way to find a solution for Iran's nuclear program in the UN Security Council and Italy encourages this way."

He invited Iran to determine a date for agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), so that ElBaradei can present a positive report on the case in November.

Prodi asked Saeed Jalili and Ali Larijani to consider the UN Security Council requests on stopping uranium enrichment as a prelude to acceptance of Additional Protocol of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

He said meeting with Iranian delegation here in Rome is very important and useful for peace in the region.

The Italian PM underlined, "Tehran should accept that it is a regional power and play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region."

Ali Larijani, for his part, said, "At the end of today's discussions, new points of views were presented which may cause advancement in the talks." He noted that IAEA's inspectors are in Tehran now.

Former Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Larijani said, "Mr. Prodi has a deep and vast knowledge on international and regional issues and we have always benefitted from his viewpoints."

He also appreciated Italian government for hosting the talks.

European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana also thanked Italian government for its role in mediating the issue of Iran's nuclear program.

He called relations between Rome and the Middle East 'important' and noted that Iran's government intends to advance the talks.

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