TEHRAN – Iran’s Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that the continuation of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers depends on adherence to interim agreements.
Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) clinched a landmark deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief.
The Geneva agreement is designed to provide time to negotiate a comprehensive deal to help resolve Iran’s nuclear issue.
“Mutual trust and respect and adherence to interim agreements are the conditions for the continuation of the talks,” Rafsanjani said during a meeting with members of a visiting Italian parliamentary delegation in Tehran on Sunday.
The United States and European countries, which have been promoting mistrust toward Iran for years, are now facing a key test and should prove to the world that they are true to their word, he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rafsanjani criticized the U.S. and other Western countries for their performance in the region and said that crisis in the region is not to the benefit of any country in the world.
For his part, Senator Pier Ferdinando Casini, who is the head of the Italian parliamentary delegation, praised the Islamic Republic for adopting a positive approach in the Geneva talks and Iranian officials for their efforts meant to win the world’s confidence.
In addition, he said that the two sides should be careful not to allow extremists to close the window of opportunity which has been opened through exerting political pressure.
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