Khatami again stresses detente policy
August 1, 1999, Teheran (dpa) - Iran 's moderate President Mohammad
Khatami in a meeting Sunday with the new Swiss ambassador to Teheran stressed
Iran 's intention to continue its detente policy in international affairs.
``The holy Islamic book Koran has advised us Moslems not to impose oppression
on anybody while at the same time not to accept oppression by anybody,
either,'' Khatami added.
Tim Guldimann, the newly appointed ambassador of Switzerland, said Iran
was an important country in the region and that the Swiss government was
pleased about the consolidation of ties between Iran and Europe.
The Swiss embassy in Teheran looks after the interests of the United
States in Iran and its charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry
last January when Iran voiced its strong protest and held the U.S. responsible
for the missile which landed in Abadan and damaged an Iranian border town
during a U.S. bombing attack on Iraq.
Iran and the U.S. have maintained no diplomatic relations for almost
two decades but after the period of hostility relations have slightly improved
since Khatami's presidency in 1997.