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Iran-France foreign ministers meet in New York

Tehran, Sept 26, IRNA - On the sidelines of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.

In the meeting, Kouchner said, "Iran is a great country and we will never want to fight with it and we are looking for peace." According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report, Kouchner, in the meeting, said that the media had distorted his statements about Iran.

The two foreign ministers discussed Lebanese issue and efforts to solve the current crisis there and also Iran's nuclear issue.

Referring to the current cooperation between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mottaki said, "The new round of cooperation between Iran and IAEA should be supported by all sides" adding that "Iran's nuclear dossier is now in its proper place."

Kouchner said, "We support Iran-IAEA negotiation, although some other countries do not have such stances and we again underline that the only way for solving this problem is diplomacy."

Iranian, Spanish FMs meet at UN

Manouchehr Mottaki met with Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos at UN.

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report, Mottaki expressed Iran's readiness to expand ties with Spain and presented a report on the latest developments on Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and also Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Referring to the increasing trend of ties, Moratinos said, "Bilateral relations are good and satisfactory and the Spanish companies are working in Iran actively and support expansion of activities of the firms."

Concerning Spain's prime minister talks with media on Iran's nuclear program the day before, Moratinos said, "The prime minister underlined that the solution for Iran's nuclear dossier would be only negotiation and any other measure except dialogue in this concern is not acceptable."

Supporting Iran-IAEA talks, the Spanish foreign minister said, "Continuation of the talks is the proper solution for the issue."

Iran-Belgium FMs discuss issues of mutual interest

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki discussed issues of mutual interest with Belgian Foreign Minister Karl De Gusht in New York on Wednesday.

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department report, the two sides exchanged views and discussed Iran's nuclear dossier.

Referring to the cooperation between Iran and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), De Gusht said, "We are awaiting the results of the cooperation."

He added, "The US is trying to threaten European companies with sanctions to make them stop making business with Iran."

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