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French sources: No change in Iran ties

Diplomatic sources in Paris say relations with Tehran will not change after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes office for a second time.

Ties between Paris and Tehran would continue as before, and contacts with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are likely to remain unchanged, French diplomatic sources told AKI, according to a report posted by the Italian news agency.

“French officials will most likely continue relations in the next phase during Ahmadinejad’s second term,” she said, pointing out that France would maintain contacts with Iran and receive Iranian envoys.

“France recognizes states, not governments…” one of the sources was quoted as saying in the Monday report.

The source also said that Iran’s nuclear dossier would be the subject of discussions between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany), on the sidelines of next month’s United Nations General Assembly in New York.

She added, however, that it was not likely for French-Iranian relations to improve as long as Iran’s maintains its policy towards Israel, in an argument similar to what Tehran demands of the West as a condition for better ties with Iran.

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