Publishe Date: 10:57 PM - 10/13/2013 | Print

Iran’s Majlis wants representative in nuclear talks

Politics - Iran’s Majlis has requested the Foreign Ministry to agree to the participation of a lawmaker in Tehran’s nuclear talks with six world powers.

On Sunday, Mansour Haqiqatpour, the deputy chairman of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said that the Iranian legislature has written a letter to the Foreign Ministry, requesting the presence of a member of the committee at the negotiations.

Haqiqatpour noted that presence of a lawmaker in Iran’s negotiating team requires the approval of the Foreign Ministry, adding, “The ministry has not replied to the Majlis’ request yet.”

He underscored the necessity of the presence of a lawmaker in Iran’s negotiating team and said that such a supervisory role will help the talks go ahead in a “proper and positive direction.”

Iran and the six major world powers - Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany - have agreed to meet in the Swiss city of Geneva on October 15 and 16 for a new round of nuclear talks.

Tehran says it is ready for “serious” and “purposeful” negotiations over its nuclear energy program and has called on the other side to show seriousness in the talks.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran categorically rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.


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