Iranian, French FMs Discuss Consolidation of Ties

A00234355.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner in a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland explored avenues for the strengthening of Tehran-Paris relations.

A statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said that during the meeting, the Iranian minister noted the Islamic Republic’s constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and said, “Now that the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities has become evident, it is time for the Security Council to revise its past policies and give the Agency the opportunity to express its technical views to the world away from the pressures exerted by certain powers.”

For his part, Kouchner welcomed Iran’s cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency, and expressed the hope that the two sides’ cooperation would continue to the end so that West’s concern over Iran’s nuclear activities are eased and Tehran can restore its legal rights.

The two top diplomats further discussed the latest developments in Lebanon, and hoped that they would continue consultations to help Beirut make a logical and just decision after a precise study of the present conditions in that country and identification of the underlying causes of the unsuccessful efforts made in the past.

Regarding Palestine, Mottaki and Kouchner underlined the need for the finding of possible ways to help the Palestinian nation.

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