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20:38 | 2009-01-16

Foriegn Policy

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Iran, Sweden Discuss Israeli Crimes in Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari held talks in Stockholm with his Swedish counterpart Frank Belfrage on the Gaza crisis and mutual ties.

The Swedish State Secretary for foreign affairs said in the meeting that Tehran and Stockholm have great potentials for fostering bilateral ties.

Belfrage said that his country is concerned about war and aggression that caused killing of innocent civilians in the City of Gaza.

He hoped that ceasefire will be established in Gaza soon and the war-stricken people in Gaza would be provided with foodstuffs and medical care.

Referring to Iran's nuclear issue, the Swedish official acknowledged the Iranian nation's right to produce nuclear energy, hoping that the nuclear dispute will be solved by holding talks to remove ambiguities.

Safari said, for his part, that Iran and Sweden have wide scale potentials to boost economic cooperation. He said that Iran is willing to develop ties with Sweden.

About Iran's nuclear program, Safari said that the western countries and US have adopted double-standard policy on the nuclear issue but Iranian nation insists on its rights to use peaceful nuclear energy.

Talking about the appalling atrocities in Gaza being committed by Israel, he said that the European countries' stand on closing eyes on violation of human rights in Gaza is inexcusable.

He called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and sending humanitarian aid to people there as well as withdrawal of Israeli forces from the area.

The two officials discussed the regional developments in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Caucasus.

Earlier, Iranian deputy foreign minister submitted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's message on Gaza to Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.