Majlis urges P5+1 to seek interaction with Iran in Baghdad talks
A majority of Iranian lawmakers have called on the six world powers to adopt a policy of interaction with the Islamic Republic and take measures to win the confidence of the Iranian nation.
A total of 203 lawmakers of the 290-member Majlis, in a statement released on Sunday, voiced their strong support for Iran's stance in the forthcoming round of negotiations with the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) in Baghdad over Tehran's nuclear energy program.
The statement also read that Washington and its Western allies have posed a serious challenge to the Iranian nation over the past two decades even though Tehran has honored its commitments under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran, however, has managed to safeguard its interests by means of self-restraint, wisdom and national resolve and fulfilled the NPT obligations, the communiqué pointed out.
It further called on the West to earn the Iranian nation’s confidence, and alter their aggressive behavior towards Iran.
The statement, in addition, urged the P5+1 to respect the rights of the Iranian nation, act under the NPT articles, withstand pressure exerted by Israeli lobbyists and move to change their policy of confrontation to cooperation with Iran.
The latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive.
They agreed to hold the next round of the talks in Baghdad on May 23, 2012.
Tehran and the P5+1 had previously held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2010, and another in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011.
The US, Israel and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has repeatedly dismissed the Western allegations over its nuclear activities, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and an IAEA member, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.