Manouchehr Mottaki

Iran says it can't confirm identity of Osama bin Laden's daughter

Manouchehr-MottakiCairo/Tehran, Dec 25 : Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday that Iran could not confirm whether the woman in the Saudi Arabia embassy in Tehran was the daughter of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"We have been informed by the Saudi embassy in Tehran that thedaughter of bin Laden was in the embassy and intended to leave the country," Mottaki told state television.

"We can, however, neither confirm her identity nor do we know how she entered the country and the Saudi embassy," the Iranian chief diplomat said.

Iran to prosecute US hikers for espionage

Manouchehr MottakiTehran, Dec 14 : The three US hikers detained in Iran for more than five months on charges of espionage are to be tried, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Monday.

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested by Iranian security forces in July near the Iran-Iraq border.

Mottaki told reporters that the case of the three US citizens would be dealt with by the judiciary, a trial be held and verdicts issued without giving further details.

At the time of their arrest, Iran accused the trio of working for pro-Israeli news websites.

Iran summons Swiss envoy over ban on minarets

Iran summons Swiss envoy over ban on minarets Tehran, Dec 5 : Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Saturday summoned Switzerland's ambassador to Tehran and harshly criticized the outcome of a Swiss referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques.

Last Sunday, Swiss voters endorsed the referendum that had been called by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP), demanding a ban on building minarets.

Iran invites Egyptian foreign minister to Tehran for talks

Iran invites Egyptian foreign minister to Tehran for talks Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Saturday invited his Egyptian counterpart to Tehran but did not disclose the date, ISNA news agency reported.

Iran has tried in the last ten years to normalize diplomatic relations with Egypt.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is eager to upgrade bilateral ties and several times stressed that if Egypt agreed to normalize diplomatic relations "today," Iran would send an ambassador to Cairo "tomorrow."

India, Iran to join hands to stop terror inflow from Pakistan

India, Iran to join hands to stop terror inflow from PakistanNew Delhi, Nov 13 : When Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki holds talks with Indian officials here Monday, the stalled tri-nation gas pipeline project will be discussed, but the focus will be on the flow of terror from Pakistan-based militants of which Tehran was a recent victim.

In the first high-level engagement between the two countries since the re-election of the Manmohan Singh government and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mottaki will hold delegation-level talks with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna.

No high expectations from Geneva talks, Iran foreign minister says

Iranian FM Manouchehr Mottaki New York  - Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Thursday said no immediate results should be expected from the six- party nuclear talks in Geneva as the discussion will continue.

During a visit to United Nations headquarters in New York, Mottaki emphasized in talks with "most" of the foreign ministers of the six nations participating in the Geneva talks with Iranian officials "not to raise high expectations."

"They must take a realistic approach and continue such talks," Mottaki told a press conference. "We support the continuation of such talks."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki allowed to visit Washington

Iranian Foreign Minister Mottaki allowed to visit Washington Washington  - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a short visit Wednesday to Washington after leaving the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, the US State Department announced late Wednesday.

Iran delivers proposals on global challenges

Manouchehr-MottaTehran  - Iran on Wednesday delivered a new package of proposals to the six states involved in nuclear talks with the Islamic state, ISNA news agency reported.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki handed the proposals to the diplomatic envoys of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Switzerland - which represents the diplomatic interests of the United States in Tehran.

The package is said to contain Iran's stance on tackling "global challenges" and how the Islamic state would be ready to cooperate with the West to secure global peace.

Iranian Foreign Minister arrives in Baghdad on unannounced visit

Manouchehr MottakiBaghdad  - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for a previously unannounced visit and met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

A statement by al-Maliki's office about the talks said Mottaki condemned the recent series of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad that left more than 100 killed and several hundred wounded.

"Iraq's security has a direct impact on all neighboring countries," the statement cited Mottaki as saying.

Iranian foreign minister not to attend G8 Afghanistan meeting

Iranian foreign minister not to attend G8 Afghanistan meeting Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki will not attend the G8 meeting in Rome this week which is to deal with the situation in Afghanistan, ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.

"I have no plan to go," Mottaki said at the end of a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

Observers believe that Mottaki's decision not to attend the G8 meeting is due to tensions with the West over the current internal crisis in Iran following protests over alleged election fraud.

Sarkozy meets with Iranian foreign minister

Sarkozy meets with Iranian foreign minister Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Wednesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki at the Elysee Palace in Paris to discuss Teheran's nuclear program and a variety of regional issues.

France belongs to the so-called E3+3 group - with Britain and Germany, plus the United States, Russia, and China - which has been trying to convince Iran to give up its program of uranium enrichment, a key stage in developing a nuclear weapon.

Most Western powers and Israel believe that Iran wants to develop nuclear arms.

EXTRA: Iran's foreign minister studying Obama's message

Iran's foreign minister studying Obama's message Tehran  - In a first official reaction, Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki late Friday said he was studying an offer by US President Barack Obama to open a new era in relations and put old divisions aside.

In a video message to Iran on Nowruz, which is Iranian New Year, Obama early Friday offered a new beginning, saying the United States was committed to engagement, not threats, in its pursuit of diplomacy.

Mottaki, whose comments were made in Afghanistan and were carried by the official news agency Irna, showed a cool reaction.

Mottaki slams United Arab Emirates' claims

Mottaki slams United Arab Emirates' claimsTEHRAN, Dec. 5  -- Claims made by the United Arab Emirates that were anti-Iranian in nature were ill-advised, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday.

The Iranian official slammed the Arab federation for supporting the policies of the United States and Britain regarding Iran, the Islamic Republic News Agency said.

Iran to discuss new proposals on nuclear issues - Mottaki

Iran to discuss new proposals on nuclear issues - MottakiNew York  - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday his government will consider new proposals by the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany, which aim at settling the dispute over Iran's uranium enrichment programme.

Mottaki said at UN headquarters in New York that the package of proposals was being "examined" by Tehran.



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