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Ahmadinejad meets Swiss counterpart in Geneva, calls for release of kidnapped Iranian diplomats in Iraq

Geneva, April 20, IRNA - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and his counterpart from Switzerland Hance Rodoulf Merets discussed major bilateral, regional and international developments in a meeting in Geneva Sunday night.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Switzerland President Hance Rodoulf Merets
Iran President Mahmoud (R) Ahmadinejad and Switzerland President Hance Rodoulf Merets (L)

The Iranian President stressed the need to promote Tehran-Geneva relations and cooperation and said the two countries would have a positive influence on major international issues.

Ahmadinejad also called for immediate release of five Iranian diplomats abducted by US forces in Iraq. The Iranian President underlined that it is among responsibilities of Switzerland which acts as US interests section in Iran to follow up the case.

He strongly criticized the abduction of the five Iranian diplomats in Iraq which runs counter to all international conventions and protocols.

Referring to the existing problems facing human rights and the dual standards practiced by certain countries, he strongly denounced the status of human rights in Europe and the US and its use as an instrument by big powers against independent states.

Collapse of financial and international infrastructures result from unethical and tyrannical polices prevailing in the world financial systems, he said and underlined the need for a fundamental change in the sector.

Meanwhile, President Merets expressed satisfaction over President Ahmadinejad's presence in Switzerland.

The Swiss president referred to expansion of mutual cooperation and said his country is in dire need of energy and seeks Iran's assistance in the sector.

He also criticized the aggression of the Zionists on Gaza and called on the international community to investigate the case.

Switzerland is totally independent in dealing with global developments, he said, adding that his country never pursues the unilateral sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union and prefers to strengthen its ties with Tehran.

The Iranian president arrived in Geneva on Sunday to attend the anti-racism Durban Review Conference (Durban 2) which is the follow-up to the 2001 First World Conference on Racism in South Africa.

Participants of the first conference had strongly condemned the racist policies of the Zionist regime.

The US and the Zionist regime boycotted the second conference in Geneva in protest against its declaration which has criticized the Zionist regime and equated Zionism with racism.

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