IAEA chief's visit to Iran "should be unconditional": FM

11:04, July 13, 2011      

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Tuesday that the visit of the IAEA chief to Iran should be unconditional, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The visit of Yukiya Amano to Iran at the invitation of the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Fereidoon Abbasi, " is a regular invitation and the visit of Mr. Amano should be unconditional, otherwise it would be meaningless," Salehi told IRNA in Vienna.

"As the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Amano belongs to all the member states and he is the representative of all the member states," he was quoted as saying.

Amano had previously said he would consider visiting Iran at an appropriate time following concrete results in talks with the Islamic Republic, according to the local satellite Press TV.

"Iran is one of the major members of IAEA and it is natural for Amano to visit Iran as his predecessors did," said the Iranian foreign minister.

During his stay in Vienna, Iran's foreign minister will hold talks with his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger and the director general of IAEA.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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