Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has discussed regional and global developments with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying that Iran encourages dialog on international issues, Press TV reported with reference to IRNA.
"Today, the world, more than any other time, is in dire need of interaction. Global issues should be dealt with through negotiations. Mutual understanding and friendship are certainly the foundation stones of an uplifting world," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting on the sidelines of the fourth
UN Conference on Least Developed Countries in Istanbul, Turkey.
"The right to sovereignty and self-determination is the most basic of all rights entitled to a nation. No nation can impose their will nor make a decision for another," the Iranian president added.
He said that the Middle East has great significance in world history adding that Middle Eastern nations are concerned about foreign meddling and the West's double standards over the popular uprisings in their countries.
President Ahmadinejad also pointed out that, "The United Nations can prevent the death of innocent people, and consolidate regional and international stability through attempts to foster negotiation between nations of the world."
Ban for his part said the Islamic Republic of Iran can play a key role in Middle East developments. The UN chief also advised the authoritarian regimes in the Middle East to take lessons from history, and heed public demands for reforms and democracy.
He also called for diplomatic means to peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation.