Iran’s Foreign Minister has offered UN chief Kofi Annan his country’s full cooperation in implementing a Security Council resolution in Lebanon. The Secretary General has been visiting Tehran for talks on the truce between Israel and Hizbollah, and Iran’s controversial nuclear programme.
Along with Syria, Iran is widely believed to be Hizbollah’s main arms supplier. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is due to meet Annan on Sunday, reportedly expressed some reservations over certain articles in the resolution but nevertheless said his country would cooperate.
Annan’s visit came two days after Tehran failed to meet a Security Council deadline to suspend its uranium enrichment. While Washington is calling for sanctions, Annan said that was not the solution to all problems and advocated patience, while urging Iran to prove the peaceful purpose of its nuclear programme by letting in inspectors.