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posted February 16, 2001 11:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Khatami & Waldner discuss human rights, bilateral ties

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami told Austria's foreign minister that Tehran and Vienna share similar views on human rights issues, but cooperation would require goodwill and understanding, the official IRNA news agency said. "Resolving issues such as human rights, fighting terrorism and drug trafficking requires goodwill and understanding, provided that they are addressed properly and justly," Khatami told Benita Ferrero-Waldner in the
southern city of Kerman Wednesday, IRNA said.

He said the "worst case of human rights violations can currently be witnessed in Palestine," charging that human rights issues across the world were addressed in a "biased" manner.

Khatami said Iran was currently undergoing the "new experience of religious democracy," underlining that "what is important, is that we take this (new) path gradually and step by step."

The moderate head of state evaluated Tehran-Vienna ties as "appropriate," adding that Iran would welcome an expansion of bilateral relations, notably in the economic sector.

"The Islamic republic of Iran is on the road of advancement, investments and development, and is determined to welcome cooperation and help from other countries," he said, while noting that cooperation would have to be based on "safeguarding mutual interests."

Waldner, who arrived in Tehran late Tuesday for a three-day visit at the head of a 30-man business delegation, said Tehran and Vienna shared some common views on regional and international issues, calling for a further "expansion and strengthening of ties."

During her meeting Wednesday with Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi, Waldner said Vienna had realised that many regional conflicts "could not be resolved without Iran's participation."

"Austria thinks that Iran is an important country, which is why we pursue its development in all fields," she said during the meeting, adding that Vienna was "determined" to develop ties with Tehran.

Waldner also met with parliament speaker Mehdi Karubi Wednesday, as well as a number of Iranian female MPs for talks on women's issues.

Iran and Austria enjoy good relations and the two countries regularly exchange political and economic delegations.

Austria's parliament speaker Heinz Fischer came to Tehran last October.

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posted February 16, 2001 11:11     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Italian MPS urge PM to abandon plans to visit Iran

ROME, Feb 15 (AFP) - More than 300 members of the Italian parliament on Thursday called on Prime Minister Giuliano Amato not to visit Iran later this month in protest over what they described as the country's poor human rights record.

The MPs from both the ruling coalition and opposition told a press conference that Amato should at the very least seize the opportunity to "strongly condemn the grave violations of human and civic rights in Iran."

Carlo Giovanardi, vice-president of the Chamber of Deputies, said Amato should take note of the "will of the parliament" and cancel his trip.

Opposition legislator Marco Taradash commented that "the Italian government has harmed Iranian reformers through its policy of unconditional openness."

Italy is Iran's first Western European trading partner, and has bolstered ties with Tehran since Iranian President Mohammad Khatami visited Rome in March 1999.

Italian Interior Minister Enzo Bianco visited Tehran on January 7, where he signed an agreement on fighting terrorism, drug-trafficking, organised crime and illegal migration.

Industry Minister Enrico Letta is due to visit Tehran with a large delegation of Italian businessmen on February 18 to 20, shortly before Amato's visit.

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