Indonesia renews support for Iran’s nuclear program

Indonesia has renewed its support for Iran’s nuclear program for peaceful purposes and expressed readiness to contribute to settlement of the controversial issue.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said after a meeting between President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s special envoy Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Friday that any country had an equal right to develop nuclear technology for civilian use.

“Iran deems Indonesia as having a very independent view on Iran’s nuclear issue and really expects that their explanation on the latest development on the issue will encourage Indonesia to keep playing constructive role in addressing the problem,” Marty said the two-hour talk.

“In his response Mr. President (Yudhoyono) asserted that the Indonesian government would always be ready to contribute to the settlement of the issue.”

Boroujerdi, who chairs Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, visited Indonesia as Iran comes under the UN economic sanctions imposed in June for its nuclear works.

Iran, Marty said, is committed to developing nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and prioritizing the use of dialogue to end the stand-off resulting from Iran’s nuclear program.

“The President said Iran and Indonesia are against proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the two countries emphasized the need to disarm countries having nuclear weapons,” Marty said.

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