Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister terms European visits fruitful
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Ali Ahani Friday referred to his official visits to Germany and Switzerland as fruitful.
Talking to IRNA, he said he had made a one-day visit to Berlin on Wednesday for political talks with German officials.
During his stay, Ahani met with German Foreign Ministry State Secretary Wolf-Ruthart Born on bilateral cooperation.
The Iranian diplomat also held talks with members of the foreign affairs committee, including its chairman Ruprecht Polenz, and head of the German-Iranian Parliamentary Group Elke Hoff.
Ahani said that during his talks with German officials, he had reiterated that the new sanctions imposed on Iran would have no effect on the serious will of the Iranian nation and the government to pursue the country's inalienable rights.
He added that the Islamic Republic would continue its peaceful nuclear program under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The diplomat criticized the anti-Iran claims made by the German foreign minister who had said that issuance of resolutions and imposing sanctions were necessary to prevent Iran from pursuance of nuclear weapons.
On his visit to Switzerland, he said he arrived in Bern Thursday upon the invitation of his Swiss counterpart.
He met with the Swiss foreign minister and a number of other officials including the head of the foreign policy commission in the parliament during his stay in the country.
Swiss officials reiterated that there was no choice other than diplomatic ones for the resolve of Iran's peaceful nuclear issue, Ahani said.
In related developments, Ahani met and conferred with his Swiss counterpart, Peter Maurer, where he stressed that there were no obstacles on the way of further expansion of all-out ties between the two states.
Maurer called for continued consultations between the two governments and underlined the need for further boost in bilateral cultural cooperation.
He voiced Bern's support for the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program.
During the meeting, Ahani invited his Swiss counterpart to continue bilateral talks in Tehran.