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Pakistan Backs Iran-EU Dialogue Over Nuclear Program

Pakistan has reiterated its support for resolving the row over Iran's controversial nuclear program through dialogue, saying it opposes the use of force against its western neighbor.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri says he hopes talks between Iran and the European Union will lead to, in his words, "an amicable solution." He spoke during a meeting with his visiting Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.

Talks between Iran and EU negotiators aimed at persuading Tehran to stop enriching uranium collapsed in August but will resume later this month.

Pakistan has been one of few nations to defend Iran's nuclear program from international criticism, saying all nations have a right to nuclear power.

Mr. Mottaki, who arrived in Pakistan Wednesday for a two-day visit, says he and Mr. Kasuri also discussed expanding economic cooperation and a proposed gas pipeline project.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.