Iran Ready to Aid Belarus with N. Program

A04845576.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Iran is ready to help Belarus advance its peaceful nuclear program.

“We are ready to discuss any Belarusian proposals” in this sphere, the Belarusian official news agency BELTA quoted the Iranian ambassador to Minsk, Abdolhamid Fekri, as saying.

Belarus is planning to build its first atomic power plant by 2016.

Officials of the former Soviet republic have been in discussions with the Russian company Rosatom and the French company Areva over the possibility of their participation in the project.

On Wednesday, Fekri met with the speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, Gennadii Novitsky. Belarus and Iran hold similar views on international issues, Novitsky said, thus enabling the two countries to cooperate.

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