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Pak renews support to Iran-EU talks

[b]Pak renews support to Iran-EU talks [/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai Reporting to Asian Tribune

[b]Islamabad, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Pakistan has reiterated its support for the Iran-European Union nuclear dialogue, and hoped that it would be resumed soon and would lead to an amicable solution.

At a meeting between Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmoud Kasuri and his Iranian counterpart Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki held at the foreign office here, Pakistan also reiterated its support for Iran’s legitimate rights as a state party to NPT. He said Pakistan is against the use force on Iran’s nuclear issue. He said the issue should be settled within the framework of the IAEA.

The meeting took place a day after IAEA Director General Mohammed El Baradei said Islamabad had been cooperating with IAEA in resolving issues pertaining to Iran's nuclear issue. "We are getting good cooperation from Pakistan. So, I really want to make it clear that Pakistan since last year has been cooperating with us in resolving many of Iranian pieces of the puzzle", Baradei said in an interview.

In their talks both the foreign ministers noted the progress of the Pak-Iran Joint Working Group, which held its 4th round in Tehran last month. The Pakistan-India Joint Working Group would be meeting in New Delhi on 16-17 December 2005. The Iranian side was informed that Pakistan joined Energy Charter Treaty on 9th December 2005.

Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki is paying his first visit to Pakistan since assuming office in August this year. He is accompanied by a five-member delegation including a Member of Parliament, Mr. Heshmatulah Fallahpishe, and senior officials of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

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