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UN chief urges Iran to build mutual trust to remove int'l concerns over nuclear program

08-31-2012 05:37 BJT

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit opened in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Thursday, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Iran to remove international concerns over its controversial nuclear program.

"For the safety of the region and the world, Iran should take measures and build mutual trust to remove international concerns, which can be done through cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," said Ban.

Ban urged Iran to find a solution with five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) over its nuclear standoff.

The West suspects Iran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability, an accusation Tehran denies and insists its "peaceful" use of nuclear energy at the two-day summit, which has the theme of " Lasting Peace through Joint Global Governance."

On Syria, the UN chief said that all the related parties in Syria should immediately stop violence. "All the world governments should seriously listen to their people's voice," he said, adding that "We should solve problems through dialogue, not confrontation, " he said.

In the meantime, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in his speech at the summit called for peaceful transition to democratic system in Syria.

Morsi added that the parties involved in the struggle for transition in Syria should avoid bloodshed and civil war, noting " We are ready to help put an end to more bloodshed in Syria."

However, the Syrian delegation to the NAM summit walked out during the address of Morsi and went back to the meeting room after the Egyptian president finished his speech.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, who participated in the meeting, said Morsi's speech "represents an intervention in Syrian affairs and incites more bloodshed in Syria."

Morsi handed over the rotating presidency of the NAM summit to his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier in the day.

Morsi is the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since diplomatic ties between the two countries were broken off in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.

On Thursday, Ahmadinejad and Morsi met here on the objectives of the NAM and regional developments, the Iranian semi-official Mehr news agency reported, saying that the two presidents held talks under a "friendly atmosphere."

Also in his speech, Morsi said Egypt supports the Palestinians' bid for full membership in the United Nations, adding that Egypt will support the formation of a Palestinian state.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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