Israel cannot sabotage Iran-P5+1 talks: Lawmaker
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the positive atmosphere of the talks between Iran and six major world powers will thwart plots by the Israeli regime to sabotage the negotiations.
Pointing to the increased secret visits by Israeli officials to certain countries in an effort to undermine the Iran-P5+1 talks, Chairman of Iran's Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said, “Similar efforts were made by Israel and the Arab sheikhs prior to the Istanbul talks but backfired.”
Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported on Tuesday that Israel’s National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror is conducting clandestine negotiations with European officials in an attempt to sway Brussels over the upcoming round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States plus Germany).
Amidror had made another visit to Moscow two weeks earlier to hold similar talks with the Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Boroujerdi expressed regret that some regional states do not regard the Iranian issues in a positive light and prioritize the Israeli interests in matters that concern Iran, adding that the initiatives adopted by the Islamic Republic will neutralize any bid to sabotage the upcoming negotiations.
“In addition to Iran, the P5+1 member states also want the talks to progress toward a settlement.”
Iran and the P5+1 group wrapped up their latest rounds of negotiations in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 14, 2012 and agreed to hold the next round of talks in Baghdad on May 23. Both sides hailed the talks as constructive.
The Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group had earlier held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2010, and another in Istanbul in January 2011.