KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad sought to reassure Gulf Arab states on Monday about Tehran's nuclear programme, saying his country was a "good neighbour" that wanted regional stability.
"We want peace, security, progress for all the countries of the region, especially our neighbours," he told reporters during a brief visit to Kuwait.
"History has shown that Iran is a good neighbour for the countries in the region. We are just working on nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes," he added, speaking through a translator.
Iran has already been reported to the U.N. Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions, after failing to convince the world that its nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful. Tehran flatly denies accusations that it is trying to develop nuclear arms.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, touring Gulf Arab states, said in remarks aired by Al Jazeera television that his country wants a peaceful solution to the standoff between Tehran and the West over its nuclear plans.
"They must reach a solution because a confrontation is very dangerous for the region and the Iranians ... We do not want a confrontation and we do not want the use of force against Iran," he said in Qatar.
His Qatari host Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said Tehran appears to be pushing ahead with its programme. "We hope that they reach a solution but it almost is clear that the Iranians are pressing ahead with their projects," he said.
Ahmedinejad declined to comment on reports that Iran had reached a "basic" agreement with Russia on jointly enriching uranium. In Tokyo, a Japanese official quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki as saying that Tehran would not suspend its atomic research and development.
Iran's Gulf neighbours say they are extremely worried about its nuclear plans, especially since they would be the first affected by any radioactive fallout from its Bushehr nuclear reactor if it was damaged in any way.
Moscow had offered to enrich Iranian uranium in Russia to ensure that Iran could not divert nuclear fuel for bomb-making. It has also demanded that Iran reinstate a moratorium on enrichment which it abandoned in January.
But Iran has insisted it has the right to purify uranium for nuclear power stations on its own soil, and it was unclear how the Russian proposal could be altered to satisfy Tehran.
Feathers: Iran has rights? really? How about the dissidents of the government of Ahmedinejad? Don't they have rights too? I don't think Iran is in a possition to ask for rights when they don't respects other people and countries rights. Yeah I believe in your good intentions Mr. Ahmedinejad... just when not paying attention to your actions.
C'mon world, don't fall again for another Hitler.