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Rouhani Calls for Germany’s More Active Role in Iran-G5+1 Talks

Politics - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a meeting with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, urged Berlin to play a more active role in settling Tehran’s nuclear standoff with the West.

“I hope that Germany will play an effective role in the settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue,” President Rouhani told Westerwelle on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday.

He reiterated that both Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) should speed up the trend of talks to achieve better results.

The Iranian president pointed to the US-led West's unilateral sanctions against Iran, and said, “We are against oppressive and unilateral sanctions because they are illegal and inhumane.”

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the Group 5+1 to appreciate the lifetime opportunity which has been created for the settlement of the nuclear standoff with Iran and come into harmony with Tehran’s new approach.

In a message issued in New York yesterday, the Iranian foreign minister described the present juncture as “a historical opportunity for resolving the nuclear issue”, and stressed, “The Group 5+1 is necessitated to bring its position into harmony with Iran’s new approach.”

On Monday, Zarif underlined that his upcoming meetings with the representatives of the world powers, including his meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, herald the start of interactions, adding that a thorough settlement of issues and problems between the two sides needs continued interaction throughout time.

Following the meeting with Zarif on Monday, Ashton said Zarif will join the Group 5+1 later this week to discuss Tehran's nuclear program.

“Zarif will join the meeting of G5+1 later this week to discuss Iran's nuclear program,” Ashton told reporters after meeting Zarif ahead of this week's UN General Assembly session in New York.

“We talked about a number of important issues that focused on the nuclear issue,” said Ashton, adding, “We had a good and constructive discussion.”

On Saturday, an informed source revealed the structure of Iran’s new team of negotiators in the talks with the world powers.

The source told FNA that Zarif and two of his deputies will take part in the talks with the Group 5+1.

“Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi will be present in Iran's new nuclear (negotiation) team,” an informed source at the Iranian foreign ministry told FNA on condition of anonymity.

The same source told FNA on Sunday that Iran's former Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshaq Al-e-Habib and Foreign Ministry Director-General for the Economic and Specialized International Affairs Hamid Ba'eedinejad will also join Zarif and his two deputies in the talks with the Group 5+1.

The source added that two representatives from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) will also be present in the new Iranian team of negotiators.

“The new team of negotiators will have a spokesperson as well,” he mentioned.

“The field of foreign policy needs sobriety, patience, wisdom and well-assessed and targeted measures and the pile of problems cannot be expected to be resolved by one or some meetings,” Zarif wrote in his Facebook page on Monday.

“To reach successful and sustainable solutions, the two sides should be ready for constructive interactions based on equal footing,” he added.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani traveled to New York on Monday to take part in the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.

President Rouhani addressed the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly in early hours of Wednesday.


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