|Iran and New Zealand discuss ties, regional and international issues||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with New Zealand Deputy Secretary for Multilateral and Legal Group Gerard van Bohemen in Tehran on Sunday, exchanging views on bilateral ties as well as some regional and international issues.
In view of the good political relationship between the two countries there are vast capacities to expand bilateral relations, especially in economic and energy spheres, Zarif said.
Van Bohemen said that his country is determined to broaden its relations with Iran, pointing to the important regional and international status of Iran.
He also called on Iran to back his country in its bid to win a seat at the 15-memebr UN Security Council.
Bohemen also emphasized the need to support Iran in its efforts to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes based on the NPT regulations.
Zarif said that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, referring to the dual approach adopted by West toward Iran’s nuclear issue before and after the Islamic Revolution.
He went on to say that Iran insists on its right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding that Tehran seeks global nuclear arms disarmament.
Van Bohemen is responsible for advancing New Zealand’s interests across a broad multilateral agenda embracing international security and disarmament issues, environmental and natural resource issues, and the promotion of New Zealand’s interests at the United Nations and other international bodies.
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