Iran FM: Europe's proposal one step ahead

Iran Materials 27 June 2006 12:15 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Monday in a meeting with the former Greek prime minister and head of International Socialist Organization, Georgios Papandreou, said that given Iran's will to act without any preconditions within the framework of reason, Europe's proposal is one step ahead.

Mottaki said that what is important for Iran is to come up with a fair formula in which Iran's commitments and rights are equally considered, reports Trend.

"Iran has suffered great losses in various fields such as its nuclear relations with the West and US over its program for peaceful purposes, cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog for the sake of transparency, confidence-building and numerous inspections, the initiative to make the Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, among others.

"All these show Iran's goals, intentions and transparent strategies to materialize its inalienable natural right to access modern technologies," added Mottaki.

For his part, Papandreou referred to Iran's constructive stance and role in regional developments and said that its important role and stance has always been quite important to Greece.

Turning to his country's respect for Iran's right to access nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, the former Greek prime minister said, "We believe that the current problems can be solved through diplomatic means."

Concerning unilateral policies in the Middle East, he said that unilateralism will get nowhere in the region, adding that the outcome of democratic election in Palestine should be respected.