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Russia FM urges Iran role in ending Mideast crises

The Russian foreign minister has hailed the mutual understanding recently reached between Iran and the P5+1 group over Tehran’s nuclear work in Switzerland, saying it can set the stage for a more active Iranian role in settling the crises in the Middle East.

“This [understanding] opens the way for abandoning the harmful policy of Iran’s isolation and for its engagement in the collective search for solutions to the multiplying regional security problems on the basis of equality,” Sergei Lavrov said at the Fourth Moscow International Security Conference on Thursday.

The top Russian diplomat added that Tehran can play a constructive role “in the political settlement processes in Syria and Yemen, the promotion of national concord in Lebanon and Iraq and the inter-Palestinian reconciliation and, definitely, in the assistance to the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within the existent international legal framework.”

The photos shows the representatives of Iran, EU and the P5+1 group of countries after the negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear work in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 2, 2015. © AFP


Lavrov also lashed out at Washington over its deployment of missile systems across Europe, saying such provocative actions amid the diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue show that the missile program has nothing to do with Tehran’s nuclear program and pursues different purposes.

“If the global missile defense project continues without adjustments amid the progress made at the Iran nuclear negotiations, and such statements have already been made by NATO officials, then the real motivation behind the deployment of missile defense sites in Europe will be clear to everyone,” he added.

After a series of marathon talks, Iran and the P5+1 group – China, Russia, France, Britain, the US and Germany – reached a landmark understanding and issued a joint statement over Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

The two sides are set to start drafting a comprehensive accord slated to be finalized by the end of June.

By Press TV