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Non-Civilian N-Activities Religiously Forbidden

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic considers as religiously forbidden the use of nuclear energy for non-civilian purposes.

The Iranian foreign minister also rejected the allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.

“Non-civilian nuclear activities are not and have never been part of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s plans and we believe it to be forbidden and haraam (religiously forbidden),” Salehi stated.

Iran Foreign Minister also said the White House offer to hold direct talks with Iran is a sign of change in the US administration’s approach to Tehran, expressing his optimism in this regard. 

"As I have said before, I am optimistic. I feel this new administration is really this time seeking to at least divert from its previous traditional approach vis-a-vis my country," Salehi said.

Salehi, who participated in the three-day Munich Security Conference, however, also expressed doubt over the US “new gesture” and said that it was still very hard for Tehran to trust Washington.

"How do we trust again this new gesture?" he said.

The Iranian minister expressed hope that US President Barack Obama would hold out a promise by the president of the United States to "walk away from wars...and approaches that bring destruction, killings, and bloodshed."

The Iranian minister expressed hope that US President Barack Obama would hold out a promise by the president of the United States to "walk away from wars...and approaches that bring destruction, killings, and bloodshed."

Salehi said that the next round of comprehensive talks between Iran and the P5+1 would be held in Kazakhstan on February 25, 2013.

Salehi further highlighted the significance of talks between Iran and the US, saying, "I think it is about time both sides really get into engagement because confrontation certainly is not the way."

The Iranian Foreign Minister also said relations between Iran and Egypt are strong and good. 

“Relations with Cairo have been developing progressively since the popular revolution in this country, and this is because of the two countries’ determination,” the Iranian foreign minister said.

Salehi stated, “Egypt is a very important country in the region,” and expressed hope that the two countries would expand their political ties in the future.

Iranian Foreign Minister said Iran is considering unilaterally waiving visa requirement for Egypt's nationals as of next month.

“Iran will unilaterally cancel visa requirement for Egyptian citizens, businesspeople and tourists as of the next month,” said Salehi.

Iranian foreign minister also said the international community must encourage all political parties in Syria to engage in a national dialogue with the government to resolve the country’s crisis via political means.

“Syria opposition should be convinced to negotiate with the Syrian government and the result of talks must be accepted by everyone without imposing a particular solution,” Ali Akbar Salehi said.

The Iranian foreign minister reaffirmed Tehran’s support for any initiative that would contribute to peace and stability in Syria, saying the Islamic Republic firmly believes that peace will be only achieved in Syria through political dialogue between the government and the opposition.

“Iran has always encouraged the Syrian government to implement reforms…,” Salehi said referring to the six point plan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali also said Iran is ready to contribute to the restoration of peace to war-stricken African nation of Mali.

“From the viewpoint of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the ongoing crisis in the north of Mali will be resolved only through respecting the United Nations resolutions and supporting regional bodies like the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),” he said.

“To this end, Iran declares its readiness to contribute to the peace process and safeguarding the territorial integrity of this country, as well as to cooperate with Malian neighbors and influential regional bodies to end the violence and find a solution to the crisis in the country,” Salehi added.

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