Zarif: No pre-condition for Iran presence in int’l forums acceptable

Vienna, Oct 29, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Thursday that Iran will never accept any pre-condition for its presence in the international forums.

Zarif told reporters at Vienna Airport, ‘Iran is a country with power of stabilization of the region and no condition can be laid down for its presence.’

On the aim of Iran’s presence in the Vienna session, Zarif said international efforts are concentrated on ending Syrian crisis, which is caused by foreign intervention in Syria and by strengthening of the extremist groups, as it appears so.

He also said that those striving for settlement of the Syria crisis have come to the conclusion that without Iran’s presence, it is impossible to reach a logical solution for Syria.

Zarif went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s stance has always been based on the point that only Syrian people should decide Syria’s fate and others should avoid intervening in the country’s affairs.

He added that reaching national unity in Syria will be possible in light of cooperation and collaboration of all to fight extremism and terrorism in the country and the region.

‘We have come to attend the session with the policy to raise our views and present mechanisms to achieve solution to the very dangerous and annoying issue, the worst case of it being massacre of the people of Syria and homelessness of several million Syrians.’

Asked whether he had any plan to present to the session, Zarif said, ‘We have always been emphasizing that solution to Syria problem should be based on such principles as non-intervention in internal affairs of Syria, campaign against terrorism, respect to sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and respect to the right of people of Syria to decide their fate.’

‘So, any plan should follow a series of procedures, including cessation of clashes, collective campaign against terrorism, rule of national unity, and achieving a permanent solution accepted by Syrian people and groups. We are ready to raise the points in the session,’ he added.

To a question whether there will be any meeting relating to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Zarif replied, ‘Yes we will have a meeting.’

He added that he will have a meeting with the US Secretary of State Johan Kerry exclusively on the nuclear issue and that there will be talks with Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission in the Juncker Commission, on the JCPOA and regional issues.

‘So, topics on the JCPOA, Arak (reactor) and other crucial subjects will be on agenda.’

On the timing of the JCPOA implementation, Zarif said the accord will be implemented when Iran’s pre-conditions for implementation are met.