Rafsanjani: Pressure on Iran not solution but talks

An influential Iranian cleric said on Friday the West had to pursue diplomacy not confrontation to resolve the crisis in the Middle East and warned about consequences of fomenting violence in the region.

Rafsanjani: Pressure on Iran not solution but talks

An influential Iranian cleric said on Friday the West had to pursue diplomacy not confrontation to resolve the crisis in the Middle East and warned about consequences of fomenting violence in the region.

"We are suggesting they (the West) resolve various issues like Iran's atomic work and regional crisis through talks," former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani told worshippers at Teheran University. State radio broadcast the sermon live.

"Iran is ready to hold talks at any level over its atomic work and also those regional issues that we can help to be resolved."

Rafsanjani, considered a pragmatist who backs better ties with the West, said the security crisis in the Middle East could harm the West. Iran says it fully supports the Iraqi government.

"Any kind of instability in the region will surely harm many other countries, especially ... industrial countries," Rafsanjani said to chants of "Death to America".

Rafsanjani said using the council to pressure Iran over its atomic work was a mistake and negotiations without preconditions were the only way out of the impasse.


Reuters

Last Mod: 10 Ağustos 2007, 19:23
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