Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni says his country supports the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany.
During a Tuesday meeting with Iran’s deputy president and head of Iran’s Department of the Environment Masumeh Ebtekar in Rome, Gentiloni said the talks are important because they will assure the international community about the true nature of Tehran’s nuclear activities.
Gentiloni expressed hope that a comprehensive agreement could be reached to end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear program.
The Italian foreign minister further underlined Iran’s significant position in the Middle East and its key role in settling regional disputes, calling for further interaction between Rome and Tehran.
Ebtekar, for her part, noted that Iran and Italy have long enjoyed amicable ties, and can have closer cooperation in environmental and humanitarian fields besides politics and economy.
The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and its negotiating partners – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany — ended in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on November 24.
The two sides decided to extend their discussions for seven more months in the search for a comprehensive agreement that would end a 12-year dispute on Iran’s peaceful nuclear work after they missed the Monday midnight deadline, which had been set by the negotiating sides themselves.
They agreed that the interim deal they signed in the Swiss city of Geneva last November will remain in place during the course of the new negotiations until July 1, 2015.
By Press TV
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