Iraqi president: Concerns about possible Iran-world N. deal senseless

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi President Fouad Massoum expressed the hope that Iran and the world powers will be able to reach a final nuclear agreement, dismissing certain countries’ concerns about the deal as void.

“We approve of the negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) and believe that the negotiations success will be to the benefit of the regional states and those who favor peace and security in the region and the world,” Massoum said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday.

“There is no need for any state to feel fearful of this agreement,” he added.

Massoum also pointed to the efforts made by the Iraqi government to fight the terrorist groups, and appreciated Iran for its assistance and support for Baghdad to this end.

After nine days of hard work in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran and the G5+1 reached an understanding on April 2 which laid the ground for them to start drafting the final nuclear deal over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline.

Reading out a joint statement at a press conference with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Lausanne on April 2, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said according to the agreement, all the US, EU and UN Security Council sanctions against Iran would be lifted under the final deal.

The delegations of the seven nations are now drafting the final deal.

In relevant remarks today, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at Riyadh for its attempts to spoil nuclear talks between Tehran and the G5+1.

“Isn’t it ugly for a Muslim state to send its (then) foreign minister to the airport in the middle of the nuclear negotiations and ask for the failure of the negotiations and give different promises like reduction of oil price and other things,” Larijani said, addressing an open session of the parliament in Tehran on Wednesday.

Former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, concerned about any US-Iran rapprochement, jetted into the Austrian capital in November, with US Secretary of State John Kerry updating the prince on his plane at Vienna airport about the talks.

Larijani said while many in Iran haven’t still accepted the Geneva agreement (November 2013) and the Lausanne statement, it is surprising that the Saudis are strenuously making attempts to damage the talks.

Larijani underlined that even if the negotiations fail, Saudi Arabia will gain nothing and Iran will continue development of its nuclear technology speedily to make the US and its allies regret their deeds in the next few years.

By Fars News Agency