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Iran: Khatami Meets With Schroeder Amid Tight Security In Berlin

Berlin, 10 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder at the start of a three-day visit marked by protests and tight security. Officials say Schroeder planned to discuss human rights, Iran's development of missiles and terrorism in his talks with Khatami. Security is heavy in the capital, in anticipation of protests against Khatami's visit. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCR) -- Iran's biggest opposition group, which is dominated by the Iraq-based People's Mujahideen -- says thousands of people protested today at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

Police have turned back a number of Iranians at the German border and arrested others in Berlin in a series of dawn raids today.

Khatami's state visit to Germany is aimed at improving Iranian-German political and economic ties.