49th Munich Security Conference

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49th Munich Security Conference

Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akhbar Salehi told the delegates that Iran is a regional power and the golden key to the region calling for talks on equal terms.

He said Washington should first end its threatening rhetoric towards Iran and stop saying that all options are on the table.

Press TV's Stefan Herrmann reports from Munich.

Around 400 top officials from more than 70 countries met in Germany for the 49th Munich Security Conference. This year's conference, held from 1 to 3 Feb 2013, is attended by heads of government, defence and foreign ministers, parliamentarians, military leaders and security experts.The annual meeting is one of the largest gathering of its kind and focused on a wide range of issues including transatlantic relations, the European crisis, US-Russian ties, Mali and Syria.

Concerning Iran, U.S.-Vice President Joe Biden said the US was open to one-to-one talks with Iran over its nuclear program, saying diplomacy must be given a chance.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akhbar Salehi told the delegates that Iran is a regional power and the golden key to the region calling for talks on equal terms. He said Washington should first end its threatening rhetoric towards Iran and stop saying that all options are on the table.

The prospect of direct talks between the US and Iran was widely welcomed by the delegates.

On the sideline of the conference Salehi met with the UN-Arab League Special Representative to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. Top Iranian diplomat also met the Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib, who stressed his willingness to hold negotiations with the Syrian government to find ways to resolve the crisis and end the violence.

On Saturday, several thousand people took to the streets of Munich to demonstrate against the conference, calling the meeting a source of war. Under the slogan “No Peace with NATO” protesters from 80 organizations spoke out against what they called a colonialist intervention in Mali, the preparation of a war on Syria and demanded the lifting of sanctions on Iran.

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Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen of Singapore, attended the 49th Munich Security Conference (MSC), the annual high-level security conference that brings together foreign affairs and defence decision makers from around the world.

Dr Ng spoke on the topic "The Rising Powers and Global Governance", as part of a panel alongside three other speakers: Brazilian Minister of External Relations Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Song Tao and Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.

Dr Ng highlighted the central importance of the US-China relationship for global stability and the need for both sides to widen areas of mutual interest as well as build confidence and capacity in multilateral settings. Dr Ng also spoke about the fundamental changes brought about in the last decade by rising global powers such as China and India, and also stressed the importance of effective global governance in tackling modern-day transnational issues. For effective global governance, Dr Ng noted that in addition to a commitment to open and inclusive dialogue and respect for the rule of law, "for international institutions to be credible, they must deliver real results; and indeed, frameworks and institutions are necessary but insufficient and we need effective leadership".

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