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Iran to offer package of solutions to 5+1 group

TEHRAN, Apr. 13 (Mehr News Agency) - Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki on Sunday said Iran plans to offer a package of solutions on international problems to the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (the so-called 5+1 group) which are scheduled to meet on April 16 in Shanghai to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

"In view of serious problems and crises the international community is facing, the Islamic Republic is trying to prepare a package to offer to different groups and sides," Mottaki told reporters in a news conference with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alberto Romulo.

"This package is being drawn up based on a new approach and I think it will be useful for different sides including the 5+1 group," Mottaki declared.

Asked about the Wednesday meeting of the 5+1 group in China, Mottaki said, "We wish success to all regional and international meetings and we hope they will be held based on justice and logic."

Kuwait talks on Iraq should yield considerable results

Mottaki said an April 22 meeting of Iraq's neighbors which is scheduled to discuss ways to resolve Iraq's security crisis should achieve appropriate decisions to considerably reform the Arab country's troubled situation.

Permanent members of the UN Security Council are also expected to attend the ministerial-level meeting in Kuwait.

He said maintaining security in Iraq requires the withdrawal of foreign troops as the root cause of insecurity in the war-ravaged country.

Mottaki also ruled out holding talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the sidelines of the Kuwait meeting.

Iran, Philippines ready to bolster ties

Iran and Philippines are determined to form a joint committee tasked with improving bilateral relations, Mottaki told reporters after a meeting with Romulo.

The two sides discussed the latest regional developments as well as recent events in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Lebanon, he added.

Mottaki said the two countries also vowed to boost comprehensive cooperation and hold regular meetings at the level of deputy foreign minister.

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs said the upcoming Kuwait meeting could play a significant role in preserving security in the region.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Romulo stated that his meeting with Motaki focused on the most important regional issues and the expansion of economic cooperation.

The two sides inked memoranda of understanding on cultural and educational cooperation which "will surely expand Tehran- Manila friendly ties."

Romulo said his visit to Iran provided a good opportunity to investigate the situation of Philippine nationals in Iran.

"People of our country are spread all over the region; therefore we have always called for peace and stability in the region in order to protect the security of our nationals."

He also welcomed Mottaki's proposal to form a union among Asian states, saying, the plan, which aims to improve relations among Asian nations, will help protect common regional interests.

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