Azerbaijan: Diplomatic solution for Iran needed

February 19, 2007 12:46

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on Monday called for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, emphasizing the central role of the United Nation's atomic regulator. Mammadyarov was speaking after meeting his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose country is one of six nations that have been trying to push Iran to suspend uranium enrichment. "Azerbaijan's position is that all the questions that are raised in connection with Iran's nuclear program must be solved only by diplomatic means," Mammadyarov told reporters, adding that it should be done through the International Atomic Energy Agency. Germany has also repeatedly said the door remains open for Iran to return to talks.

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