|Foreign Ministry has better experts to handle nuclear talks: MP||
TEHRAN - Senior Iranian lawmaker Seyyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini says that President Hassan Rohani’s recent decision to task the Foreign Ministry to lead nuclear talks does not mean that the case has been fully transferred to the diplomatic apparatus.
The Foreign Ministry is an executive body and will only implement the decisions made at the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Naqavi Hosseini was quoted by the Iranian media as saying on Friday.
“The president’s recent move does not mean the full transfer of the nuclear issue from the security council to the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs.
“The security council will still exercise its authority in making the final decisions and the Foreign Ministry’s responsibility will be to follow up the decisions and implement them,” said Naqavi Hosseini, who serves as rapporteur of Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy.
He, however, described the decision as positive because, as he argued, the Foreign Ministry “benefits from a better body of expertise and can help the security council to make better decisions.”
President Hassan Rohani announced on Thursday the Foreign Ministry would take over talks with world powers on Iran's nuclear program. Since 2007, negotiations have been conducted by Saeed Jalili, secretary of the SNSC and a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war.
The move was hugely welcomed by people close to Rohani’s government as they see it a big step toward creating optimism in the West about Iran’s peaceful nuclear intentions.
“The president’s move has a clear massage which will have clear impacts,” said Ahmad Naqibzadeh, a prominent Iranian scholar of international relations.
“Taking the responsibility from the security council with a military and political orientation and assigning it to a diplomatic body (gives the message to the West) that we do not want a war but a diplomatic solution,” Naqibzadeh told the Arya News Agency on Friday.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has yet to finalize the country’s new delegation for talks with the 5+1 Group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and it is not clear whether Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will lead the delegation himself or he would pick up another diplomat to perform the duty.
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|Last Updated on 06 September 2013 15:59|