Norway Supports Iran’s N. Rights

Chairman of the Norwegian parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee voiced his country’s support for Iran’s right to access and use civilian nuclear technology, and expressed hope that Iran and the West would attain a logical solution to the nuclear standoff through talks. According to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau, Olaf Ecselson made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, in Oslo on Tuesday.

The Norwegian legislator pointed to the two countries’ relations, and voiced Norwegian parliament’s support for parliamentary exchanges between the two countries.

He said a parliamentary delegation from his country would soon pay a visit to Tehran to enhance parliamentary cooperation between Iran and Norway.

“Norway’s parliament supports Iran’s right to access and use peaceful nuclear technology and we hope that the two sides (in Iran’s nuclear standoff) would reach a logical solution to the case through political talks,” the legislative official stated.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki briefed the other side about the historical background and authorities of the Iranian parliament with regard to legislation and inspection of the government’s performance, and reminded that the start of activity by the Iranian parliament dates back to 100 years ago.

He also said that Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly welcomes exchange of parliamentary delegations between the two countries.

“Parliamentary exchanges between Iran and Norway can back up their mutual cooperation potentials,” Mottaki continued.

The Iranian foreign minister further briefed the Norwegian lawmaker about issues of the Middle-East, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Iran’s nuclear program and the latest developments and stances of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the said topics.

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