Mottaki, Swiss counterpart conclude talks

Iran Materials 23 June 2006 17:25 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met his Swiss counterpart Michelin Calmy Rey late on Thursday and discussed regional issues and expansion of mutual relations.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mottaki said constructive talks were held on bilateral and international matters as well as Iran's nuclear case, reports Trend.

On mutual relations, he said two delegations discussed bilateral relations in different sectors of commerce including the participation of Swiss companies in Iran's economic projects especially oil and gas and bank operations.

He said that the transfer of gas from Iran to Europe and Switzerland in particular was among other topics discussed in his meeting with Calmy Rey.

Mottaki noted technical aspects of this project have been examined, adding it can be a "very important step towards enhancement of ties between Iran and Europe."

"Past relations between the two countries hopefully indicate that Switzerland enjoys a high capability for economic cooperation with Iran," he said.

On the nuclear case, he said Iran and Switzerland have had consolations on Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities.

"Iran has announced that it tries to present its decisions about the proposed package of the 5+1 Group by August 22," he hoped.

Swiss Foreign Minister Calmy Rey said delegations of the two countries had "very constructive" talks on bilateral relations especially in the economic sectors.

"We are ready to invest in Iran's oil and gas projects," she said.

Commenting on Iran's nuclear case, she said talks between Iran and Switzerland in this regard is constructive.

"We have always been favoring a diplomatic solution for the ongoing disputes on Iran's nuclear case," she underlined.