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Iranian FM: Paris did not show the courtesy of a host

TEHRAN, Dec. 15 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has said that the undiplomatic remarks of French President Nicolas Sarkozy were the main reason Iran did not attend the recent two-day conference on Afghanistan.

Paris did not show the courtesy of a host, Mottaki stated during a joint press conference with Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Armen Movsisyan in Tehran on Monday.

Commenting on the critical situation in the Gaza Strip, Mottaki said, "We give serious warning about the conditions in Gaza... and believe that the international community and the United Nations should acknowledge responsibility... In fact, the Zionist regime should not feel that governments and international organizations do not pay attention to its crimes."

The Islamic Republic of Iran has negotiated with other Islamic countries to provide help to the oppressed Palestinian nation, he added.

"We have held negotiations with the foreign ministers of many countries, such as Egypt, Syria, Malaysia, Senegal, and other Islamic countries and members of the Non-Aligned Movement."

The foreign minister also urged Egypt to help in the transfer of humanitarian assistance to Gaza.

"We expect Egypt, as the only neighbor of Gaza, to cooperate in this regard."

Mottaki also announced that Iran will send 2000 tons of humanitarian assistance to Gaza by ship.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mottaki said Iran is studying the proposal to open a European Union diplomatic office in Tehran.

"This is what the Europeans have proposed, and we are studying it. However, nothing has been finalized yet."

Iran-Armenia relations based on good-neighborliness

Mottaki also stated that relations between Iran and Armenia are based on good neighborliness and friendship.

He added that a memorandum of understanding was signed to strengthen the bilateral relations during a meeting with Movsisyan.

"Iran and Armenia reviewed a variety of issues related to energy, such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, and other issues such as banking, transportation systems, industry, and agriculture."

Movsisyan emphasized the necessity of expanding bilateral ties.

"During the eighth meeting of the Iran-Armenia Economic Commission, cooperation in trade, energy, transportation, health services, and agriculture was emphasized, and we have decided to expand this cooperation."

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