Spokesperson: Russia to continue its active participation in talks

Tehran, Dec 31, IRNA – Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham, in her weekly press briefing on Wednesday, answered questions of reporters.
  Concerning tension in relations between Russia and the USA and threat of the Russian officials to decrease cooperation level with the west on Iran and Syria, Afkham said that imposing sanctions against any country is an illegitimate, inefficient and unconstructive tool and makes the situation more complicated.

She added it is necessary that the nuclear talks between Iran and Group 5+1 take place in a positive atmosphere and independent from other sides’ issues.

Afkham continued that Russia had an active, useful and constructive participation in nuclear talks between Iran and Group 5+1 and expressed confidence that the trend will continue.

Concerning Iranian senior officials visits to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Afkham said that relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia is taking its normal process and embassies are active and talks on different issues between the two sides are underway, but visit of higher level officials are under consultations.

Concerning upcoming visit of the French Foreign Ministry Director General on Middle East Affairs, she said that the visit is in the framework of the dialogue between Tehran and Paris, adding that the talks would be on different regional, bilateral and a number of issues of mutual interest.

On a question about situation of Iranian kidnapped diplomat in Yemen Nour Ahmad Nikbakht, the spokesperson said that he is in good physical condition, but no new development has taken place and the case is being followed from different sources.

About reopening the Britain’s embassy in Tehran, Afkham said that non-resident Charges d’affaires are working now and contacts are underway and as it was declared before, the issue of reopening embassies has a gradual administrative process, so the issue can be settled.

She underlined that the process is step by step, and in case of any change or development it would be declared.



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