TEHRAN – Iran has the necessary political will to strike a win-win deal with the six major powers to resolve the decade-old dispute over its nuclear program, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.
“We believe that in the current situation, a win-lose game can never be successful, and we should all think about a win-win game. The Islamic Republic of Iran has the necessary political will to accomplish this,” Rouhani said at a meeting with Switzerland's new ambassador to Tehran, Giulio Haas.
“I believe that at the Geneva meeting, others became aware of the political will of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added.
Rouhani was referring to the talks that Iran held with the six major powers (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group) in Geneva on October 15 and 16.
The Iranian president also said, “The Swiss government has the potential to serve as more than a host and to take the steps necessary to advance the talks.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani condemned the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program, saying, “We hope effective steps will be taken to resolve these problems.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will make every effort to prove to the international community that all its measures are legal and that it has nothing to conceal,” he added.
He also expressed hope that the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which hosts the U.S. Interests Section in Iran, would convey Iran’s goodwill to the United States.
The Swiss ambassador, for his part, said that he would make efforts to expand relations between Tehran and Bern.
Rouhani also received the credentials of the new Cuban ambassador on Saturday.