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Tehran completes first stage of Caucasus diplomacy: Iranian FM

TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (ISNA)-Iran completed the first phase of Caucasus diplomacy by negotiations over South Ossetia military conflict with Georgian president and foreign minister.

Iran's foreign minister elaborated on his negotiations with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Germany over South Ossetia military conflict in a meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi.

"Iran has made positive negotiations with the influential regional parties which are engaged in this issue over reaching an appropriate way out of the present situation and appropriate measures that will establish security and peace in the region," Mottaki said.

Map of the Caucasus

Underlining Iran is sensitive over the security and stability of the region he said the steps which were discussed during his Caucasus diplomacy negotiations with regional countries were achievable.

Saakashvili for his part asserted that Iran holds an important and sensitive position in the region and expansion of Tehran-Tbilisi ties is important to his country.

He expressed hope that Iran's regional talks would pave the way for Caucasus peace and stability and emphasized Georgia is ready to conduct required cooperation with any regional power that could turn back the current situation to the normal track.

Mottaki also held a meeting with Georgian counterpart where he said his visit to Tbilisi was the completion step of the first stage in Iran's Caucasus diplomacy that is aimed at restoration of peace and security in the region.

He told Eka Tkeshelashvili that talks with Moscow, Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi and Berlin has helped distinguishing common grounds that will facilitate reestablishment of security.

He also expressed readiness to form a joint commission of Tehran and Tbilisi to pursue South Ossetia conflict.

Tkeshelashvili on her part welcomed Iran's view in Caucasus diplomacy and said Georgia is ready to make cooperation on settling the conflict.

Tehran's initiative for resolve of Ossetia conflict, referred to as "Caucasus diplomacy" or the "3+3 plan" has been welcomed by regional countries.

The military conflict between Russia and Georgia was sparked on August 7, after Georgia tried to regain control of the independence-seeking region of South Ossetia through military action. The war claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and left a large number displaced.

Moscow officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on August 26.

Tehran believes Ossetia issue happened as cross-regional powers fanned the flames between Russia and Georgia by sending wrong signals. Tehran is optimistic it would aid restoration of peace in the war-torn region employing Caucasus regional commonalities and EU's potentials.

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