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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-29

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] President Papoulias to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain
  • [02] Socialist Int'l wants diplomatic resolution for Iran

  • [01] President Papoulias to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias departed from Athens on Saturday for an official visit to Saudi Arabia and a tour of the Arab peninsula that will include stops in Qatar and Bahrain before his return to Athens on May 3.

    Papoulias left for the Saudi capital Riyadh early on Saturday afternoon and was met on his arrival by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud, the governor of Riyadh, the cabinet and members of the royal family.

    The president was accompanied by Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas, Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis, Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, Greece's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia I. Economou and several Greek government officials.

    Papoulias and the Greek delegation are to travel from Saudi Arabia to Qatar on Sunday, where they will remain until Tuesday, before visiting Bahrain and concluding the tour of Arab states on Wednesday.

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    [02] Socialist Int'l wants diplomatic resolution for Iran

    Socialist International President George Papandreou on Saturday appealed to all sides to avoid inflammatory statements that could escalate tension surrounding the crisis in Iran and stressed that the SI wanted a diplomatic resolution to the crisis using peaceful means.

    "For us, this is the only possible route," he underlined, noting that the SI supported multilateral negotiations in accordance with the rules of international law.

    Papandreou also pointed out that every country that signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty had the right, without exceptions, to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

    "In this framework, Iran has an obligation to adopt the measures required by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to make it clear that its nuclear programme is for exclusively peaceful purposes," he added.

    Papandreou expressed complete confidence in the IAEA and the United Nations, stressing that they were the appropriate bodies to handle this crisis.

    Papandreou is currently also president of the Greek main opposition party PASOK.

    Photo: ANA/MPA

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