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German FM Visits Iran

Source: ISNA

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said the country is hopeful about Iran-Germany relations in future.

German FM Guido Westerwelle (L) with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi

"Iran and Germany can play an influential and constructive role in the region and cooperate on regional and international developments," Salehi said in a press conference with German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Tehran on Saturday.

Iran and Germany can work on fighting drugs and terrorism, he added.

"We focus on future but not on past in our relations with Germany and we are pretty hopeful about our ties in future," he continued.

Guido Westerwelle arrived in Tehran on Saturday night for talks with Iranian officials.

"We intend to follow up on consultation with Iran and we have planned for further bilateral meetings," German Foreign Minister said in the press conference.

"We are keen for upcoming talks between Iran and Germany," he said as calling for fight against international terrorism and drugs smuggling to be included in the dialogues.

Asked whether his trip was due to pursuing case of the two Germans arrested in Iran, he said, "pursuing issue of the two citizens is important for us but we discussed mutual and international subjects with Iranian officials in the meeting as well."

Iran Saturday released two German nationals who were detained for illegal journalistic activities.

Marcus Hellwig and Jens Koch were each sentenced to 24 months in jail by the Tabriz Revolution Court Saturday. They had already passed 4 month in detention and the court converted the rest 20 month of their prison penalty to cash fines of $50,000 each, Iran's northwestern East Azerbaijan province judiciary Chief was quoted as saying.

In October, Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hosein Mohseni- Ejei said Iran had arrested two foreigners who interviewed the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who has been sentenced to death in 2006.

Mohseni-Ejei said it was found out later that the two foreigners who interviewed Ashtiani's son were not journalists, or did not carry any document to prove they were journalists.

Ashtiani was sentenced to death due to killing her husband and having adultery.

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