No Iran-US Bilateral Talks at Baghdad Security Meeting

A0232154.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The Iranian and American delegations attending Baghdad security talks have not attended any direct and face-to-face meeting, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said.

Speaking to reporters during his weekly press conference here in Tehran on Sunday, Hosseini reminded that the Iranian delegation is visiting Baghdad to help resolve the security problems of that country.

Elsewhere, he confirmed Sunday reports about the willingness of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for attending the upcoming UN Security Council meeting, saying that the president intends to defend the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights at the meeting.

Hosseini further stressed Iran’s legal right to access civilian nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, and stressed, “No one can give up this right.”

Describing negotiating table as the best place to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue, he warned that radical moves by the other side undermine legal and logical solutions.

The spokesman further pointed to the problems concerning delivery of nuclear fuel and completion of works at Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr, the spokesman expressed the hope that Russia would not politicize the issue and comply with its duties regarding delivery of fuel promptly.

Asked if Ahmadinejad will pay a visit to Egypt in a foreseeable future, he said that such a trip is not on Tehran’s agenda.

Elsewhere, the diplomat pointed to the recent reports and analyses about the former Iranian deputy defense minister Asgari, and described such press contents as unreliable.

He noted talks between the Turkish officials and an Iranian delegation dispatched to Ankara by Tehran, and said that Iran is now waiting for the response of Turkish officials in this regard.

In response to another question about an Iranian diplomat detained in Baghdad, Hosseini said that Tehran is pursuing the issue through different channels, and hoped that Tehran-Baghdad talks would soon yield fruits and the second secretary of Iran’s embassy in Iraq, Jalal Sharafi, would soon be released.

Meantime, he said that Sharafi is kept somewhere in Baghdad.

Concerning Iran’s enhanced cooperation and ties with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states, the spokesman said that some of the heads of the Persian Gulf littoral states are due to visit Tehran in the near future.

Asked to clarify Iran’s stance on the current developments in Palestine, the foreign ministry spokesman stressed that Tehran extends full support to the formation of a national unity government in Palestine.

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