Germany says Iran sorry for attack on UK embassy

Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi  left, shakes hands with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, right, at the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, Germany, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. A global conference in Germany to discuss Afghanistan's future beyond 2014 comes as the country faces political instability, an enduring Taliban-led insurgency and possible financial collapse following the planned drawdown of international troops and foreign aid.  (AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)
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Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi left, shakes hands with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, right, at the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn, Germany, Sunday Dec. 4, 2011. A global conference in Germany to discuss Afghanistan's future beyond 2014 comes as the country faces political instability, an enduring Taliban-led insurgency and possible financial collapse following the planned drawdown of international troops and foreign aid. (AP Photo/dapd/Roberto Pfeil)

BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle says Iranian foreign minister has expressed regret about the storming of Britain's embassy in Tehran by demonstrators.

The ministry said Sunday that Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said he "was deeply sorry for what has happened" and vowed "to do everything to prevent such an incident from happening again."

The ministers were holding bilateral talks in Bonn ahead of a global conference on Afghanistan's future starting Monday.

The statement says Westerwelle stressed that an attack on one of the European Union's diplomatic missions "is perceived as being directed against the missions of all EU member states."

It says Westerwelle has also urged Iran to cooperate with the international community to shed light on its controversial nuclear program.