Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Iran: Zarif asks West to be realist in talks, refrain from excessive demands

Source: IRNA

Rome, Nov 20, IRNA – Iranian foreign minister in meeting with his Italian counterpart elaborated on process of Iran’s nuclear talks with 6 world powers, emphasizing that in return for Iran’s trust building the other side, too, should be realist and refrain from excessive demands.

Zarif who had a short visit of Italy before departing for Geneva, Switzerland for talks with the P5+1 countries, exchanged viewpoints with the Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino on nuclear talks, bilateral relations and regional and international developments.

Elaborating on the process of Iran’s nuclear talks with the E3+3 (also known as the 5+1G, and P5+1) the Iranian foreign minister one again emphasized Iran’s seriousness in trust building and easing certain regional worries of the West.

He meanwhile stressed the Islamic Republic’s insistence on the need for respecting the Iranian nation’s rights, as a red line, asking the western countries to refrain from demanding excessively, and to be realist in nuclear talks.

Syrian developments were the other axis of the Iranian and Italian foreign ministers’ talks. Zarif once again repeated Iran’s basic stand in this respect that political dialogue was the right way to solve the Syrian crisis.

He also emphasized that terrorism and extremism are dangerous phenomena, both for the Middle East region and for the whole world.

The Italian foreign Minister, too, for her part expressed regret over the occurrence of a terrorist attacks in front of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Embassy in Beirut and sympathized with the Iranian government and nation.

She said that the capacity for the people’s visits in cultural and tourism fields is very important.

Foreign Minister Bonino was also agreed with her Iranian counterpart on the point that political talks were the only way to solve the Syrian crisis.

The two sides were also agreed on the significance of expansion of bilateral relations and their improvement in various fields.

The Iranian foreign minister’s visit of Italy was the first during President Rohani’s tenure.

Before this meeting the Italian prime minister had met and talked the Iranian president on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly and the two countries’ foreign ministers, too, had their first meeting there.