Tehran, Aug 3, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday, "We are serious in continuation of fair talks which can produce practical and fruitful results."
President Ahmadinejad made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad prior to the latter's departure for his home.
"We hope that others will adopt the same policy to help resolve regional and global issues through negotiations," he said.
The Iranian government and nation have adopted a very crystal clear, legal and just stand, he said, adding that "We evaluate the current situation as positive and believe that the future would be to the benefit of the Iranian and Syrian nations as well as other regional nations."
"We spare no efforts to respect the interests, dignity, independence and development of countries of the region," said the Iranian president.
On Iran's nuclear program, the Syrian president once again called for respecting law and justice in dealing with the legitimate rights of the Iranian nation to benefit from peaceful nuclear energy, he said.
"Fortunately the current situation is very satisfactory and we think that those who for many years have stood up to the Iranian nation have reached the conclusion that there is no other option but to resolve the issue through negotiations," he said.
During their talks, the two presidents reviewed mutual, regional and international developments, he pointed out.
"We also held good talks on various issues including Lebanon, Palestine and Iraq," said President Ahmadinejad.
Since the region is on the verge of a great change, it was necessary for Iran and Syria to once again review regional developments in order to make coordination prior to taking decision on such developments, he said.
The joint statement was inked by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran on Sunday.
The joint statement read that during mutual talks, the two presidents discussed expansion of mutual relations as well as regional developments.
The two sides called for exchange of views to help deepen ties between Iran and Syria, pointed out the statement.
On current developments in the Middle East region, the two sides condemned the atrocities of the Zionist regime in the occupied lands.
The Iranian president strongly backed the rights of the Syrian nation to regain sovereignty over Golan Heights.
The statement also underlined the need to continue efforts to bring about national reconciliation in Palestine and form a Palestinian state with the holy Qods as its capital.
The statement also called for restoration of security and tability to Iraq through a national reconciliation and withdrawal of alien forces from Iraq.
On Iran's nuclear activities, the two sides reviewed the country's nuclear dossier and underlined that it should be referred to IAEA while confirming the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.
Iran's nuclear case should be solved through mutual talks, underlined the joint statement, adding that it is the legitimate right of the Iranian nation to make use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
Calling for a Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction mainly nuclear arms, the statement drew the attention of the international community to the nuclear arsenal of the Zionist regime and urged international organizations to swiftly take action to remove such a threat.
The Syrian president thanked President Ahmadinejad and the Iranian nation for their warm hospitality towards him and his entourage and invited the Iranian president to pay an official visit to Syria.
President Ahmadinejad accepted the invitation and promised to visit Damascus at the earliest opportunity.
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