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Iran's Larijani, Egyptian FM discuss expansion of ties, nuclear issues

Tehran, Jan 1, IRNA - Representative of the Supreme Leader to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani conferred on Tuesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit on expansion of mutual relations, regional developments and Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Referring to Egypt's historical civilization, Larijani described the role of Cairo in restoring peace and stability to the region as very important.

Pointing to the two sides deeply routed Islamic civilizations, he said the two countries should endeavor to depict real image of Islam because the enemies of Islam try to misportray the religion.

On existing ties between Tehran and Cairo, he said following good exchange of visits between the two sides' officials, they are now witnessing growing ties.

Iran and Egypt are to step up efforts for expansion of mutual ties, he pointed out.

Iran considers expansion of ties with Egypt as a strategic move and believe that promotion of mutual negotiations and cooperation would lead to restoration of a durable peace and stability to the region.

On Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Larijani said since Iran has had fully constructive and close cooperation with IAEA which prompted the IAEA to confirm peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities, there is no justification for keeping the dossier in the United Nations Security Council.

On Iraq's developments, he said Iran has always backed Iraq's democratic government.

Iran believes that Iraq's security and stability will be established if the Iraqi people and its government take control of all affairs and the occupiers leave the country, Larijani said.

The Egyptian foreign minister, for his part, voiced satisfaction with the exchange of delegations between the two countries and underlined significant role of Iran in regional developments.

Given Iran's influence in the region, the country can play a much more effective role in restoring peace and stability to the region, said the Egyptian minister.

Egypt supports Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, he said and expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved and the case would be back on to its normal course as soon as possible.

He also called for more exchange of views between the two sides delegations on Iraq, Lebanon and other regional issues.

The Egyptian foreign minister said at a press conference on Monday that taking advantage of peaceful nuclear energy is among Iran's legitimate rights and the country is entitled to enrich uranium based on NPT protocol.

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