South Africa Stresses Negotiation as Best Solution to Iran’s Nuclear Issue

A0088997.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- South Africa’s President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki stressed the need for continued negotiations as the best way to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.

A statement released by the Presidential Press Office said that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with his South African counterpart Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki on the sidelines of the ongoing 61st annual session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday night.

During the meeting, the two Presidents discussed bilateral ties and exchanged views about the latest international developments, including the Middle-East, Iraq and Tehran’s nuclear issues.

The Iranian President, noting Tehran’s definite policies for developing relations with African states, specially South Africa, said that Iran and South Africa, as two independent and important states in the Middle-East and southern Africa, enjoy abundant potentials for the development of ties at all levels and in all grounds.

For his part, South African President Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki stressed his country’s enthusiasm for expanding all-out ties with Iran in all the various grounds, and reminded that Pretoria believes negotiation is the best way to resolve the nuclear issue.

The official voiced concern about the growing trend of insecurities in Iraq and Afghanistan and underlined the need for all-out efforts by all regional states to find a solution to restore peace and tranquility there.

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