A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has portrayed a positive outlook for talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group over Iran’s nuclear program.
“Nuclear talks, while still in the middle of the way [to reach a final agreement], have a bright horizon,” Ali Akbar Velayati said in a meeting with Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Tuesday.
In their latest round of talks, Iran and the P5+1 countries – Russia, China, Britain, the US, France and Germany – wrapped up a week of intense closed-door nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on November 24.
At the end of the talks, the two sides decided to extend their discussions for seven more months. They also agreed that the interim deal they had signed in the Swiss city of Geneva last November remain in place during the remainder of the negotiations until July 1, 2015.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is in pursuit of peaceful nuclear energy under international regulations,” Velayati, who is also the President of Iran Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, added.
He further touched upon the issue of terrorism in the world and ways of tackling this scourge, saying, “Currently, we and the region are fighting terrorism.”
He added that terrorist groups pose a serious threat to the world and “all countries must fight these groups.”
Velayati also pointed to the relations between Rome and Tehran, saying mutual transactions and relations between the two countries are witnessing a growing trend.
The Italian official, for his part, expressed satisfaction with his trip to Iran, saying that over the past year relations between Iran and Italy have seen an ascending trend.
By Press TV
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