TEHRAN (FNA)- Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski expressed the hope that Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) would be able to find a comprehensive and permanent solution to their standoff over Iran’s nuclear program.
“We continue our relations (with Iran) based on the agreement in 1925,” Sikorski said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday.
“Iran is an important country for us and we hope that it can reach the final agreement with the G5+1 in the nuclear field,” he added.
Stressing that Iran is committed to the Geneva deal, Sikorski said, “Iran will find a way to convince the international community that its nuclear program is merely for peaceful purposes.”
On November 24, Iran and the world powers sealed a six-month Joint Plan of Action to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program. In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.
Then after several rounds of experts talks on how to enforce the agreement, Iran and the six major world powers finalized an agreement on ways to implement the deal.
On January 20, a confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran has halted its 20-percent enrichment activity under the Geneva deal. Hours later the US and the EU removed part of their sanctions against Tehran.
Iran and the Group 5+1 held a meeting to reach a comprehensive agreement in Vienna in February and they agreed to hold a new round of talks in the same city on March 17-20.
Following the meeting, both Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the six world powers, voiced pleasure in their rapid agreement on the agenda and dates of their future meetings, and stressed that they had made good progress in this regard.
Zarif said that there would be six rounds of monthly talks between the seven countries by late June to pave the way for a comprehensive deal in July.
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