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United Nations, New York, 1 October 2009

On 1 October 2009, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Treki received H.E. Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Minister Mottaki congratulated Dr Treki on his assumption of the Office of the President of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and expressed the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the priorities of Dr Treki and his efforts to revitalize and strengthen the role of the General Assembly.

Minister Mottaki briefed the President of the General Assembly on the negotiations that took place on 1 October 2009, in Switzerland, between Iran and “5+1” countries. He indicated that the talks were positive and constructive and both parties will continue this dialogue through a series of meetings.

The President of the General Assembly and the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed on several principles that should guide the efforts of the international community to tackle issues of disarmament and non proliferation.

They agreed that dialogue remains the best way to resolve international problems and disputes. They further asserted the necessity to avoid the use of force in international relations, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

They both reaffirmed the urgency to rid the world from all Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and that such a principle must apply to all States without exception. They expressed their strong support for the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the need to conclude global agreements on the destruction of existing ones, with the view to reaching a world free from nuclear weapons.