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FM: Iran's Caucasus diplomacy is not a mediation act

Tbilisi, Sept 18, IRNA - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki after meeting with his Georgian counterpart in Tbilisi Wednesday told reporters that Iran's Caucasus diplomacy is not a mediation act.

Mottaki and his Georgian Foreign Minister Eka Tkeshelashvili on Wednesday discussed the latest events in the Caucasus region and exchanged views on ways to accomplish peace and stability in the region.

Map of the Caucasus

Referring to events in the region, Mottaki said, "Recent bitter events made us concerned, so we are trying to establish peace and security in the region and we believe that the role of regional diplomacy in this concern is very important."

He said Iran is ready to help solve current crisis adding that managing the issue through diplomatic consultations can serve people of the region.

Iran's top diplomat also expressed Tehran's readiness to activate joint commission between Iran and Georgia.

Georgian FM, for her part, by referring to the role of neighbors in helping restoration of security and stability in the region said, "Iran and other neighbors' role in materializing security and stability in the region is very important."

She praised Iran for its efforts to establish stability in the region and its respect for other countries sovereignty.

Answering questions like; whether Iran's government recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia or not and whether Iran intends to play a role of mediator between Moscow and Tbilisi? Mottaki replied "Tehran is considering all dimension of the crisis."

He added, "Our work is not mediation, but presenting ideas can help find a solution to the crisis."

Mottaki arrived in Tbilisi on Wednesday in the framework of regional consultations.

He had already visited Moscow and Baku for consultation on Caucasus issue and helping restoration of peace and stability in the region.

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