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Iran-France tensions could be resolved through talks: French envoy

Source: ISNA

French new ambassador to Iran Bruno Foucher said mutual tensions could be resolved through talks.

Foucher, after submitting his credentials, started his duty in Iran late June 2011.

"We are confident the issues could be resolved through talks. We know each other for a long time. Any family might face a problem, but they resolve it soon," Foucher told ISNA as responding a question asked on how Iran's public opinion would be affected if a confrontation occurs in the two countries' measures.

As to Iranian nuclear issue, he said, "No one wants to deprive Iran from Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) privileges. We just call on the country to fulfill its commitments."

As to Iran-France further ties, he said, "I am the representative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and we are trying to broaden mutual relations. There has always been cultural relation between the two countries and we are trying to boost the ties. There are many Iranian nationals in France and vice versa and I whole heartedly want to expand mutual relations by the efforts of two sides."

As to the effect of the Iran's nuclear issue on other domains including French economic cooperation with Iran, he added, "We hope Iran's nuclear issue would be resolved soon so that the two sides could continue economic cooperation. I am confident that it would happen soon. We are waiting to receive the responses for our questions."

"It is not true .The US is our alliance for a long time and I do think there had been no time that France and the US have not cooperated. We are an independent country that enjoy both discord and agreement on different issues, but we do not follow the US policy automatically," Foucher said as to whether France is following the US policies more than previous years and have lost its independency.

As to French allegations on democracy whereas it bans Hijab, French envoy said, "Hijab is not banned in France. Using head scarf is not banned in universities but just in high schools."

"It is clear that we would accept it, if such a report be released from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), but we have not received any report in this regard. We are waiting for IAEA's next report," French envoy continued as being asked on France position if IAEA in its upcoming report announce that there is no deviation in Iran's nuclear issue.

"No problem has occurred in Iranians' travel to France or European countries after imposing sanctions agsinst Iran. It is for years that no change has occurred in giving visa to Iranians and all controls on Iranians are the same as the other countries," he said as to imposing sanctions on Iranian travels to other countries.

France warns any attack on Iran will destabilize Mideast

Mehr News Agency - French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has warned that any military strike on Iran's nuclear sites could create a "totally destabilizing" situation in the Middle East, Reuters reported.

"A military intervention could create a totally destabilizing situation in the region," Juppe told Europe 1 radio on Sunday. "We must do everything to avoid the irreparable."

However, the French foreign minister said, "We have imposed sanctions that continue to expand, we can toughen them to put pressure on Iran."

Iran has come under strong pressure for its nuclear program. Israel and some of its Western allies, including the United States, claim that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

As a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is legally authorized to do nuclear activities for peaceful purposes.

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