Iran’s foreign minister meets Sweden's Deputy prime minister

Iran Materials 8 May 2007 11:54 (UTC +04:00)

( IRNA ) - Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met an conferred with Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Energy, Deputy Prime Minister, and head of Centre Party Maud Olofsson.

Mottaki and Olofsson during the meeting discussed the latest developments in bilateral relations and ways to further strengthen ties, regional and international developments.

Our country's foreign policy chief elaborating on potentials in two countries and the status of bilateral ties, said that both Iran and Sweden have great unused potentials that can be facilitated in balancing their economic relations.

He added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran pursues its strategic policy of strengthening ties with the Nordic countries, particularly with the Swedish factories that have expressed interest in broadening cooperation with Iran in various fields."

Mottaki said, "Holding the two countries' Joint Economic Commission in near future can see into materializing that objective, as well as further deepening comprehensive bilateral ties." The Iranian top diplomat elaborating on developments in Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly the prevailing unstable and insecure conditions in those two countries and Lebanon, said, "The worrying conditions in our parts of the world are due to the wrong approaches and the unilateral policies pursued by the United States." He added, "Those policies have not only depressed the American nation, but have also depressed the entire world nations, since the crisis making of the US officials has now become disgusting for everyone, more than ever."

Mottaki elaborated on the history of the Iranian nation's comprehensive struggle for materializing their rights in the course of nationalizing the Iranian oil industries, reiterating, "The Islamic Republic of Iran asks for nothing, but the Iranian nation's absolute rights."

The Iranian FM added, "We demand our rights regarding the nuclear energy in accordance with the international laws and the nuclear NPT, in order to assure our nation's progress towards lasting development." Ms. Olofsson, too, referred to the background and potentials for bilateral cooperation at industrial and energy fields, arguing that Stockholm and Tehran have achieved noticeable progress in those fields, and the positive trend is still improving.

She set example of the presence of Swedish firms and technicians in various joint Iranian-Swedish projects.

The Swedish Minister of Enterprise and Energy and Deputy Prime Minister pointed out the significance of the Iranian economy and market in the Middle East, reiterating, "We hope to take longer strides relying on more intensive consultation to provide the path for the two countries' companies, industrialists, and merchants to get involved in broader technical and economic transactions."

Olofsson concluded here remarks arguing, "We support continuation of Iran-EU negotiations aimed at seeking a diplomatic solution for Iran's nuclear dossier."