Wed, 03 Sep. 2008.
French president says Iran is entitled to use nuclear energy, calling on Syria to play a role in solving Tehran's nuclear dispute.
“Syria can play a role in Iran's nuclear issue. Iran must not obtain nuclear weapons…but it has the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy," Sarkozy said at a joint press conference following talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday.
"There is a relationship of trust between Syria and Iran ... It is my duty to explain to President Assad the danger of the current situation and we should take all initiatives to achieve peace," Xinhua quoted the French president as saying.
For his part, Assad warned that Iran's nuclear issue can only be solved through dialogue and diplomatic means and said that any attack on Iran will cause a catastrophe.
"It is clear that there is a lack of confidence between Iran and the parties involved in this issue," said Assad, adding that” the main point that concerns us is how Syria could play a role in building this confidence."
"Nobody in the world can bear the consequences of any non- peaceful solution because it would result in a disaster," warned Assad.
Sarkozy arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to hold talks on a range of issues including the Middle East crisis.
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