Iran will shun Geneva II conference if it is given preconditions – ambassador

Tehran will refuse to take part in the Geneva II international conference on Syria if certain conditions are imposed on it, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said.

“Iran has long been saying that it is prepared to play a more proactive role in order to bring the war in Syria to an end. That is why Iran is ready to attend the Geneva II conference. Different sides involved in this process know that this issue cannot be resolved without taking Iran into consideration. But Iran is not ready to attend Geneva II if it is given any conditions,” he said.

At the same time, the Iranian authorities still expect Russia to deliver S-300 surface-to-air missile systems under a previously signed contract.

“We hope that this contract will be put into practice, and that these systems will be delivered to Iran. This issue was discussed during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Tehran last week, and we saw that the Russian side has been amiably searching for a solution to this issue,” Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“This is a defensive weapon. That is why its deliveries do not violate any international agreements,” he said.

Iran’s newly appointed Ambassador to Moscow, Mehdi Sanaei, expects the P5+1 (the UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany) to remain committed to the obligations assumed under the latest Geneva agreements.

He also hopes that the sanctions imposed on Iran will be lifted soon.

“The problems that existed in relation to the nuclear issue were very complicated. And the latest agreement does not mean that there are no concrete problems today. The dialogue will certainly continue, and we are hopeful that the P5+1 will stay committed to those obligations (:) We also hope that the sanctions against our country will be lifted,” the ambassador said at a press conference in Moscow.

An important result of the Geneva agreement is the world powers’ recognition of Iran’s right to uranium enrichment, he said.

By The Voice Of Russia


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