FM Spokesman: Putin Arrives in Tehran Tonight

A0090568115.jpgIranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to arrive here in Tehran Monday night to attend the summit of the heads of Caspian Sea littoral states. Speaking to reporters during his weekly press conference here on Monday, Hosseini dismissed reports that the Russian president had cancelled his visit to Tehran, and said those who promulgate such news and ideas “are not willing to witness friendly ties between the two countries”.

He said that Putin is also due to attend bilateral talks with Iranian officials.

The diplomat also noted the activity of Iran-Russia joint committee on the Islamic Republic’s first nuclear power plant in the southern province of Bushehr, and said, “This committee is dealing with the final discussions and we will hopefully announce some satisfactory news in this regard in the near future.”

Asked to comment on the recent remarks made by Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel about a Swiss proposal for the settlement of Iran-West nuclear standoff, Hosseini underlined, “The Islamic Republic pays attention and attends negotiations on any kind of plan guaranteeing Iran’s enrichment rights.”

In response to questions about Iran’s expectations from the EU foreign ministers meeting, he said, “If the US and certain European countries seek to deprive the Iranian nation of its right of enrichment through passing resolutions and imposing sanctions, their goal will never be materialized.”

Elsewhere, the foreign ministry spokesman responded to questions about a multibillion dollar pipeline which is due to take Iran’s gas to Pakistan and India – IPI pipeline also know as “the Peace Pipeline” – and dismissed reports that New Delhi has decided to give up participation in the project.

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