Senior MP stresses full support for Iranian N. negotiators

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Member of the Iranian Parliament Gholam Ali haddad Adel appreciated the Iranian negotiating team in the nuclear talks with the world powers in Geneva, and called on Iranian officials and nation to continue backing the negotiators in their mission.

Haddad Adel said that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei backed the team and it is our duty to support them as well.

On Saturday, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council (EC) Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed satisfaction with the unity which led the Iranian negotiating team in the Geneva nuclear talks with the world powers to success, and hailed the Supreme Leader’s support for them.

Rafsanjani hailed the remarks made by Ayatollah Khamenei about supporting Iran’s nuclear negotiating team.

“These guidelines strengthened the determination of Iran’s negotiating team to continue talks and the world realized that the negotiating team has the support of the Leader and therefore the (support of the Iranian) people and officials,” the former Iranian president added.

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said that the Iranian team of negotiators in the talks with the world powers has the full support of the Supreme Leader and acts on the basis of his guidelines.

“The Supreme Leader has the last say and the negotiators of our country continue their work as they are supported by the Leader’s guidelines and the people,” Afkham added.

Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany concluded three days of intense talks on Tehran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland.

None of the three top negotiators has yet spoken about the contents of their debates yet.

But Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi, who is also a senior member of the Iranian team of negotiators, told reporters in Geneva Friday afternoon that the draft agreement has been prepared and would go under debate by the three top diplomat in their trilateral meeting in Geneva.

“The text of the draft agreement has been prepared and initial negotiations (over it) will take place in a trilateral meeting among Zarif, Kerry and Ashton,” Takht Ravanchi said.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator in talks with the world powers Seyed Abbas Araqchi said Thursday afternoon that the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) has accepted Tehran’s proposed framework to continue the talks, adding that both sides are resolved to endorse an agreement.

“The first session of the new round of negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 was held and we reviewed the last Geneva meeting (held on October 15 and 16) and the G5+1 announced that they have accepted Iran’s proposed framework,”

Araqchi told Iranian reporters after the end of the first session of the talks between the two sides in Geneva on Thursday.

Araqchi said all the diplomats attending the talks believed that the two-day experts meeting held between the two sides in Vienna on October 30 and 31 to discuss the details of Iran’s new proposal for soothing the standoff with the West were “enlightening” and provided good information.

“They (the two sides) are due to start negotiations on the contents and talk about the details. The first step is highly important since we will enter a new atmosphere of cooperation. The last step is also important since it shows where we will reach,” he added.

Both Iran and the G5+1 negotiators have declined to reveal the details of the possible deal, which is based on an Iranian proposal offered to the six world powers in the last month meeting in Geneva. But after some western media outlets speculated that a halt to Iran’s uranium enrichment activities would be part of the deal, senior Iranian negotiators rejected such reports, saying enrichment is their “redline”.

The Iranian foreign minister underlined Thursday night that Iran would never make a compromise over its rights. His remarks came after his French counterpart Laurent Fabius called on Tehran earlier Thursday to make certain concessions to make progress in the talks with the World powers possible.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right,” Zarif told reporters after a hectic and successful day of diplomacy in meetings with the representatives of the six world powers (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva Thursday night.

Fabius was quoted by AFP as saying in a TV interview earlier on Thursday that Iran should make certain concessions in its nuclear program as demanded by the world powers in a bid to make it possible for the nuclear talks to move ahead.

In similar remarks, Araqchi also strongly rejected some Israeli media reports alleging that Iran had accepted to suspend its nuclear enrichment program for 6 months, and said, “Enrichment is important to us and is our redline.”

Also, Araqchi said on Friday the much expected agreement over the settlement of Iran-West nuclear standoff would not include a stop of Iran’s enrichment activities, although he said size and form of Iran’s enrichment could be touched in the final deal.

Araqchi said that the text of the expected agreement will include all the three sections of Iran’s proposed plan wherein the final goal and the elements of the first and last steps will be clearly mentioned, including the confidence-building measures.

“Once an agreement is reached on the text of the deal, the first step will begin, and in case the text of a final statement is finalized, Zarif and Ashton will hold a joint press conference,” he said.

Araqchi underlined that the final statement, which will be on the basis of the agreement, will include confidence-building measures by the two sides.

“Enrichment is among the Iranian nation’s principles and basic rights, and Iran will not give up its rights, but we are ready to negotiate over the size, form and dimensions of enrichment,” he added.

Until Thursday night, Zarif and Ashton along with a few experts from the seven parties to the talks were due to meet for a final meeting in Geneva on Friday. But plans suddenly changed today, and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle rushed to Geneva today to join the negotiations. Their unexpected attendance in the talks has fuelled the speculation that an agreement is in the making.

Araqchi had told FNA Thursday night that “compiling a written text is a time-consuming, lengthy and hard process and a consensus is needed for each and every word of it”.

By Fars News Agency


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