|Sanctions will fuel Iranians’ mistrust toward West: Zarif||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the continuation of sanctions against Iran will foster the Iranian people’s mistrust toward the West.
Zarif made the remarks during a meeting with visiting Singaporean Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob in Tehran on Sunday.
“Today it is proven to all that the tools of sanctions and pressure meant to curb Iran’s development and progress are ineffective, and the sanctions could simply improve the motives to be self-assured and rely on domestic potentials in Iran,” Zarif noted.
He added that the “inhumane sanctions” had very disastrous effects on medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific areas in the country.
Zarif also said once the sanctions against Iran are lifted, Iran and Singapore can expand their cooperation in economic and business areas.
Iran and the six world powers are conducting talks to resolve the decade-old dispute on Tehran’s nuclear program. The two sides struck an interim deal last November according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear activities for six months in return for a limited easing of sanctions. Once a comprehensive final deal is clinched, all nuclear-related sanctions will be gradually lifted.
The Singaporean parliament speaker, for her part, expressed satisfaction over her trip to Tehran, saying she had held very fruitful and good discussions with Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and other officials.
Yacob added that the two countries’ parliaments can be very helpful in expanding and bolstering mutual relations in economic, cultural, and scientific areas.
She also expressed hope that the negotiations between Iran and the world powers would prove successful and that the lifting of sanctions would help Tehran and Singapore improve their ties.
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