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JCPOA, Message of Peace and Diplomacy to World

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a recent agreement reached between Iran and six world powers displayed the power of diplomacy in resolving international issues and disputes.

The Iranian president added that the successful conclusion of nuclear talks revived hopes that international problems can be resolved through diplomacy.

“This agreement carried the message of peace for all countries in the world and was testimony to the fact that international agreements are still effective if they are fairly observed,” Rouhani said.

He added that the JCPOA proved that “dialogue can lead to the settlement of political problems.”

Rouhani expressed hope that the agreement would serve as a model for the settlement of other regional and international issues.

The Iranian president urged all the negotiating parties to focus on the “precise” implementation of the agreement.

“The agreement will be very important and influential for the future of relations in the region, Europe and the world,” the Iranian president pointed out.

He reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to its promises as required by its cultural, religious and national principles, noting that the full implementation of JCPOA would help improve ties between Iran and the European Union.

Rouhani pointed to ongoing tragic incidents in the region and said the nuclear agreement would help the fight against terrorism and stop war and bloodletting.

The Iranian President also said the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers should pave the way for further promotion of ties between Tehran and Europe.

“The nuclear agreement should mark Iran’s better cooperation with Europe,” Rouhani said.

Rouhani said that Iran-France cooperation over the Vienna agreement should constitute the base for future relations on the basis of mutual trust.

He said that the nuclear agreement benefits Iran, the P5+1 countries and all regional players, adding that it is a significant step in turning threats into opportunities.

The Iranian president also urged all countries involved in the nuclear talks to do their utmost to “safeguard the agreement.”

“The Iranian government is steadfast in the path of [implementing] the agreement, and we will fulfill our commitments as long as the opposite side is committed to its obligations,” Rouhani said. 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said the Islamic Republic and the European Union have agreed to revive stalled talks.

Zarif said Iran-EU “high-level” talks are to resume in the “near future.”

“Today we decided to start a new round of talks between Iran and the European Union…which we call it high-level negotiations,” he said.

Zarif said the talks will begin soon at the “level of deputies” and “will gradually” move to the ministerial level, adding that the talks will cover such issues as “energy, transportation, trade, environment, human rights and the scourge of narcotics.”

He said ongoing crises in the Middle East are posing “a serious threat to the entire world and particularly members of the European Union.”

Zarif added that extremism, sectarianism and terrorism are causing violence in both the Middle East and EU.

The Iranian foreign minister expressed hope that Mogherini’s visit would mark a fresh beginning for ties based on mutual respect.

He noted that he had held “good” discussions with Mogherini about the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the prospects of Iran-EU ties.

Zarif urged Western countries and the United States in particular to make efforts to build confidence among the Iranian nation by meeting their obligations.

Iran’s Foreign Minister also said the implementation of a recent nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers will improve the Islamic Republic’s ties with France.

“The implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) will prepare the ground for broader cooperation between the two countries on such areas as energy, transportation, auto-making industries and other fields in which Iran and France previously had cooperation,” Zarif said.

The Iranian minister further said he held “good” discussions with his French counterpart in Tehran on ways to promote Tehran-Paris cooperation in various sectors and noted that a French economic delegation would travel to Tehran by the end of this summer.

He added that the French foreign minister’s current visit to Tehran and his talks with senior Iranian officials would lay the groundwork for “clearing up certain misunderstandings.”

“During our talks today, we agreed to expand political dialog between the two countries,” Zarif pointed out.

He noted that political dialog between Iran and France has been confined to nuclear issues, but that the two sides are determined to hold regular meetings among their officials at different levels.

The top Iranian diplomat also hailed Fabius’s current visit, saying a French foreign minister is travelling to Tehran after 17 years within the framework of mutual relations at a ministerial level.

The former French foreign minister visited Iran in 2003, he said, adding the trip, however, took place within the framework of delegations from three European countries.

Zarif further said he held good discussions with the French foreign minister on the importance of regional cooperation to fight terrorism and extremism.

“Fight against extremism and terrorism, fight against smuggling of drugs and cooperation on the environment can be served as grounds for cooperation between the two countries,” he said.

He added that all countries in the region and across the world should boost convergence to battle terrorism.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also said cooperation between Tehran and the European Union (EU) can contribute to the settlement of crises in the Middle East.

“Iran and the EU have common interests in promoting cooperation, which can help improve the situation in the Middle East and put an end to the current threats to bring about stability and tranquility in the Middle East,” Larijani said.

He added that Iran and the 28-nation bloc can also work together in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.

Touching on the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group, Larijani underlined the need for mutual commitment to the agreement.

“If the nuclear agreement is approved by the Iranian parliament, Iran will be committed to the terms of the agreement and will carefully implement it, but if the Iranian nation feels that the P5+1 is not making good on its obligations under the agreement, the tables will be turned,” Larijani said, stressing that the Iranian parliament will closely watch the implementation of the agreement by the opposite side.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Larijani called for development of economic ties with European countries, especially joint ventures in energy and technology sectors.

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also said a final nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers is “achievable” by the end of the June 30 deadline.

Reza Najafi said that the confidential texts between Iran and the IAEA have not even been provided to the US government and can certainly not be given to the Senate either.

“Definitely, the agreements between a country and the UN agency, which are classified, can by no means be presented to any other country,” Najafi said.

*Photo Credit: Press TV, ISNA, Mehr News

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