Germany must continue talks with Iran: Khatami

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21 November 2005, TEHRAN - Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami urged Germany to continue nuclear negotiations with Iran, IRNA news agency reported Saturday.

21 November 2005

TEHRAN - Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami urged Germany to continue nuclear negotiations with Iran, IRNA news agency reported Saturday.

"It is in the interest of the West, Iran and all the countries in the region and the world to continue negotiations until a result can be achieved," Khatami told IRNA's office in Berlin.

Khatami is currently in Germany where he also met designated German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and President Horst Koehler and briefed them on Iran's nuclear and Middle East policies.

"I urged German officials to continue their talks with Iran," Khatami said, referring to the rejection by Germany and the two other member states of the European Union trio, Britain and France, to meet Iranian nuclear officials in Moscow.

The reformist cleric stressed once again Iran was following a peaceful nuclear programme in line with the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and was ready to present objective guarantees that its programme was not geared towards producing nuclear weapons.

He called on Europe to ignore political pressure by the United States and make its own assessment of Iran's nuclear programme.

Khatami is a severe opponent of his ultraconservative successor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and has on several occasions criticized the policies and harsh rhetoric of the new president.

DPA

Subject: German news

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