Austrian FM Terms Iran “Confident Partner”

A0314331.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik described Iran as her country’s “good and confident partner”.

Speaking with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in a meeting held on the sidelines of the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Plassnik briefed her Iranian counterpart on efforts made by the Europe with regards to the latest developments in the Caucasus.

Voicing Iran’s readiness to further expand bilateral energy cooperation with Austria, Mottaki said Iran has played active and effective role in settlement of all regional crises.

He condemned dual policies of certain European states toward global terrorism and criticized European’s bid to negotiate with the Taliban.

The designers of the plan believe that expansion of extremism in the region would benefit them, the Islamic republic news agency quoted Mottaki as saying.

In related developments, the Iranian foreign minister reviewed further expansion of bilateral cooperation as well as the latest world developments in separate meetings with his Swedish and Dutch counterparts.

In his meetings with Carl Bildt of Sweden and Maxime Verhagen from the Netherlands, the Iranian foreign minister also underlined Iran’s legitimate right to produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

He then criticized practice of human rights in several Western states.

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