|Final nuclear deal within reach if 5+1 distances itself from ‘illusions’: Iranian diplomat||
TEHRAN - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi has said that a final and comprehensive nuclear agreement is within reach if the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) distances itself from ‘maximalist’ demands and ‘illusions’.
Takht-Ravanchi, a nuclear negotiator, made the remarks during a meeting with French parliamentary delegation headed by Deputy Director of the French Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission Odile Saugues in Tehran on Thursday.
Commenting on the upcoming nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group, he said that Iran is ready to clinch a final nuclear agreement with the six-nation group before July 20.
Takht-Ravanchi, the deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs, stated that comprehensive agreement can be reached if the 5+1 group avoids maximalist demands and respects Iran’s nuclear rights without ‘illusions’.
Iran and the 5+1 group held an intense round of nuclear talks from June 16 to 20 in Vienna.
The next round of talks is scheduled to begin on July 2 in the Austrian capital.
Iran and the major powers have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term nuclear deal. The deadline can be extended by another half year if both sides agree.
Saugues expressed hope that Iran and the major powers would reach a comprehensive deal.
Commenting on Iran’s important status in the region, she said that the purpose of French delegation’s trip to Tehran was to discuss the latest developments in the Mideast with Iranian officials.
Saugues headed a 4-member French parliamentary team to Iran.
French MP says Iran plays important role in promoting regional security
In a separate meeting with Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a top Iranian diplomat expert in Arab affairs, Saugues expressed concerns over the spread of extremism and terrorism in the region and highlighted Iran’s important role in promoting security in the region.
Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran has been insisting on the need to strengthen democracy in regional countries based on people’s will and demands.
He called on the international community to help fight against terrorism and extremism, saying that threats posed by terrorism are not just restricted to the Mideast region.
He went on to say that Iran is highly sensitive toward territorial integrity and national unity in Iraq.
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have captured several areas in northern and western Iraq over the past two weeks, and are threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian warfare with no regard for national borders.
The ISIL militants have vowed to continue their military offensive until they reach Baghdad, but Iraqi forces and around 1.5 million volunteers have succeeded in halting the terrorists’ advance and pushing the militants back in some areas.
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