Presidential aide: Both US parties seeking N. agreement with Iran

Iran’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office for Political Affairs Hamid Aboutalebi underlined Washington’s acknowledgement of Iran’s crucial role in the region, and said both the Democratic and the Republican parties know that the US is in need of striking a final nuclear deal with Tehran.

“Now, both US parties need Iran for the 2016 presidential election, specially the Republicans who are trying to create a change in the foreign policy,” Aboutalebi wrote on his tweeter page on Wednesday.

“Therefore, both US parties will be after reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran and strategic cooperation with Iran in  regional issues, specially in fighting ISIL,” he added.

Yet, the presidential aide underlined that Washington is required to respect the Iranian nation’s rights, admit Iran’s regional power and accept the country as the main actor in the regional interactions if it wants Tehran’s cooperation.

His remarks came after the Republicans in the US made significant gains in mid-term elections, capturing a majority of seats they need to take control of the US Senate.

With a win in Iowa, the Republican party picked up at least six Senate seats to guarantee at least 51 members of the 100-member chamber, while projecting an increase in the party’s majority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans romped to victory against incumbent Democrats in Arkansas and Colorado, and snatched the seats of retiring opponents in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Top Republican Mitch McConnell was re-elected in Kentucky. The party is also said to have retained two seats in South Carolina.

The Republicans gained the majority of the US Senate as Iran and the six major world powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) ended their 8th round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna in mid-October and should work out a final nuclear deal in less than three weeks now.

The 7th round of the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September. The two sides had also earlier had six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

By Fars News Agency


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