Syria supports Iran to seek peaceful nuclear technology

15:06, February 26, 2010      

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad(R) greets his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus on Feb. 25, 2010. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad started his two-day visit to Damascus on Thursday. (Xinhua/Bassim)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday affirmed that his country supports Iran, Syria's strongest ally, to seek peaceful nuclear technology.

Al-Assad made the remarks at the joint press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad started his visit to Damascus on Thursday, and the two leaders held talks on the bilateral relations and latest developments in the Arab and international arenas.

Referring to the U.S.-led efforts to prevent Iran's nuclear program, al-Assad termed it as "an act of new colonization in the region and hegemony by preventing a sovereign, UN member country who seeks to possess peaceful nuclear energy," hailing Iran's flexibility shown during the past two months.

"The Islamic countries are prohibited to possess that technology or any technologies, which means that we have no right to gain the knowledge," the president added, "Syria's stance is based on our understanding of this issue and principles, and I think that (it is) our interest as a country, like other countries, to seek the possession of peaceful (nuclear) energy one day in the future."

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