Iran is willing to provide nuclear technology to other Muslim states, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Thursday.
According to Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, Ahmadinejad made the comment after talking with Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
"The Islamic Republic in no way seeks weapons of mass destruction and with respect to the needs of Islamic nations for nuclear technology, we are ready to transfer nuclear knowledge to these countries," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany had a lengthy meeting Thursday with Iran's new foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and its top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet with Ahmadinejad later Thursday, and then chair a meeting attended by foreign ministers of the three European countries, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, and Ahmadinejad.
Iran has said it is determined to pursue its nuclear program to process uranium and produce energy, despite European attempts to limit it. The US accuses Tehran of secretly seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
(Xinhua News Agency September 16, 2005)