Iran Condemns Discrimination in Access to Hi-Tech

A01748632.jpgIranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki described practice of discriminatory approaches towards the use of new technologies as unjust and oppressive. According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Mottaki made the remarks in a meeting with the speaker of Kyrgyzstan’s parliament here in Tehran on Sunday, where the two sides discussed bilateral issues, and exchanged views about parliamentary cooperation and regional topics.

During the meeting, the Kyrgyz official described the two nations’ historical commonalities as an asset for the growth of bilateral relations, and praised Iran for being among the first countries which voiced support for Kyrgyzstan’s independence.

He further called for the facilitation of the two sides’ trade ties and investment in his country’s processing industries by Iranians.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister pointed to the significance of parliamentary relations, and reminding the two countries’ joint interests and concerns, he said Tehran is pleased with the progress and powerfulness of Bishkek.

He also voiced pleasure in the two states’ increasing economic relations, and said that Iran and Kyrgyzstan enjoy many intact cooperation potentials.

Saying that promotion of cooperation sets a priority for Iran’s foreign policy, he noted the volume of Iran’s technical and engineering exports to Kyrgyzstan, and voiced Tehran’s readiness to implement technical and engineering projects in Kyrgyzstan.

Mottaki said that increased coordination and cooperation by neighbors helps them grow needless of the aliens, and stressed that the discriminatory approach towards the access and use of modern technologies by different countries is unjust and oppressive.

He pointed to a parliament approval for the generation of an annual 20,000 megawatts of electricity through the use of nuclear energy and said that prior to the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran and the US had signed a similar contract for the generation of 23,000 megawatts of electricity through the use of nuclear power, adding that Tehran also had nuclear cooperation contracts with France, Germany and Italy.

“Confidence building should take place mutually. They (the other sides) did not comply with their undertakings, and we can’t make billions of dollars of investment, and still remain dependent on foreign states for the supply of nuclear fuel,” Mottaki added.

The Iranian top diplomat stressed that the Iranian nation will not give up its nuclear right stipulated in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), underlining that Tehran believes negotiation can resolve the problems.

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