Recognition of Iran's Enrichment Right, A “Matter of Principle”
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says Tehran will try to allay concerns about its nuclear energy program once the six major world powers of the P5+1 recognize its right to uranium enrichment.
Salehi described the recognition of Iran's right to enrichment as a “matter of principle.”
Commenting on the future of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany -, Salehi said, "I can't say it with certainty, but if everything proceeds normally, then there would be further negotiations."
“No one wants a breakdown in talks, and ambiguities can only be cleared through dialogue,” the Iranian foreign minister added.
Iran's Foreign Minister has also called on Syria’s friends and advocates of peace and stability in the region to pave the way for dialogue in order to find solutions to the ongoing Syrian crisis.
Salehi outlined Iran's stance on recent events in Syria.
The Iranian minister expressed hope that security, peace and stability would be restored in the Arab country.
The Iranian foreign minister reiterated Tehran’s readiness to host talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups and expressed hope that peace and stability would be restored in the Arab country.
Salehi also dismissed assumptions that the Syrian government would be ousted as ‘unjustifiable’.
Iran's Foreign Minister has also criticized the US for playing blame game over the resignation of former UN-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan.
“The US is playing blame game over Annan's resignation, because [it was] the Western countries and certain regional states that sabotaged Annan’s plan,” Salehi said.
“Annan’s six-point plan was acceptable to Syria and key regional players, but the other side did not allow Annan to successfully implement his plan,” he said, alluding to open criticism of Annan’s plan by certain regional countries, the Arab League and Western states.
Salehi further criticized “the West and certain regional countries” for trying to sabotage Annan’s peace plan, saying, they seek to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replace it with an unspecified government.
Iran's Foreign Minister also said regional stability, security and development will serve the interests of all countries and people in the region.
Salehi emphasized on numerous cultural and religious commonalties between Iran and Iraq, noting that the Iranian government and people have always been a trustworthy neighbor and friend for the Iraqi government and nation.
As security and stability improves in the region, exchange of tourists and pilgrims increases as a result of which tourism and pilgrimage affairs and economic situation of [regional countries] will prosper, the Iranian minister pointed out.
He expressed hope that Tehran and Baghdad would bolster amicable relations by implementing agreements already signed between the two sides and removing obstacles.
Salehi added that the Iranian people are interested in going on pilgrimage to Iraq’s holy sites.