From Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency
New Zealand’s Minister of Defense, Disarmament and Arms Phil Goff on Wednesday in Wellington praised Iran’s key role in the establishment of peace in the Middle East.
In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to New Zealand Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed, he referred to Iran as an “old friend” of his country.
He further described Iran’s role in efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan as “determining.”
Iran and New Zealand have enjoyed many years of friendly relations, he said, and called for continuation of such amicable ties.
On Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, Goff said Wellington supports Iran’s resolve to continue its peaceful nuclear program.
The Iranian envoy, for his part, said Tehran is interested in expansion of ties with friendly countries, adding that the two countries share similar views regarding many world issues.
He stressed that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and several other international treaties, the Islamic Republic of Iran has a right to insist on its inalienable right to the pursuit of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.