IRAN HAILS NAM PEACE INITIATIVES
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:21:21
NAM foreign ministerial conference, Tehran
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mottaki has underscored the importance of
peace initiatives brought up at the Non-Aligned Movement conference.
"New ideas about peace, the prevention of war and the economic
development of member countries are introduced during NAM gatherings,"
Manouchehr Mottaki said in a Wednesday meeting with Armenian Deputy
Foreign Minister Gegham Gharibjanian.
"These ideas can be very important for the international community,"
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 15th Foreign Ministerial
Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran which has brought
together representatives from over 110 member countries and officials
from several other observer countries, such as Armenia.
During the meeting, Mottaki also described Iran, Armenia, Turkey,
and Azerbaijan as key regional states, while Gharibjanian of Armenia,
a mainly Christian country, thanked Iran for its efforts to have three
historic Iranian churches included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
On the sidelines of the conference, Mottaki also met with his Turkmen
counterpart Rasit Meredow, where he put forward a proposal to transfer
Turkmenistan’s gas to Europe via Iran.
Meredow also said Tehran and Ashgabat are working together on various
economic, trade, energy, and transport ventures.