Unilateral actions will not resolve Iranian nuclear issue:Lavrov

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Moscow, Oct 31 (UNI) The unilateral actions against Tehran are not helping collective efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today.

Emphasising that his talks with the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were useful, Mr Lavrov said, ''We reiterate that unilateral actions which are now being taken with respect to trade-economic sanctions against Iran are not helping further collective efforts.'' Mr Lavrov was on a surprise visit to Tehran where he held talks yesterday with Mr Ahmadinejad and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

''The discussions were a follow-up of the dialogue during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran several weeks ago,'' Itar-Tass agency quoted Mr Lavrov as saying.

''The visit was very useful and confirmed the importance of consistent, progressive and sincere dialogue without avoiding important issues, such as the Iranian nuclear programme,'' he added.

''By such actions we will be contributing to the finding of a just solution and we will be doing it while keeping contact with European partners, China and the United States, as the participants in the six-party process to resolve the issue related to the Iranian nuclear programme,'' the Minister mentioned.

''We come out solely for a peaceful settlement of issues raised by the international community,'' he noted, pointing out that Russia would be resolutely following the decisions worked out by the UN Security Council.

Mr Lavrov also said he had informed the Iranian Foreign Minister about further, preferably proactive, work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on clearing all the questions which the international community asked regarding the previous Iranian nuclear programme.

Reiterating that Russia was committed to collective work on settling the problem, he said his talks ''have confirmed the importance of consistent dialogue, without avoiding difficult issues related to the Iranian nuclear programme.'' ''I believe that by such actions we will be contributing to finding a just solution. The dialogue will continue,'' he further said.

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