Rice praises Yudhoyono stance in talks with Iran

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday praised Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for insisting that Iran meet its international treaty obligations.

Rice discussed Iran and other issues during a late morning meeting with Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajudha that came just days after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an extended visit to Indonesia.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Rice was thankful to Yudhoyono for stressing the need for Iran to be a responsible member of the international community.

Indonesia believes there is "a right to peaceful nuclear energy, but they also would call upon Iran to abide by their international treaty obligations," McCormack said.

He added that Indonesian officials also expressed concern that Iran's behavior on nuclear matters may be limiting the ability of countries to access peaceful nuclear technology.

"We certainly think that that message was positive," he said, reports AP.

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