Larijani: Iran, P5+1 could reach agreement through serious talks

Ali Larijani
Ali Larijani

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani hopes Iran and P5+1 could reach an agreement, saying it could solve the outstanding issues.

The speaker of the Islamic Consultative assembly says that Iran and P5+1 could reach a final agreement if they pursue serious talks.

Ali Larijani, who was speaking in the opening ceremony of the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies in Tehran on Saturday, said that Iran and P5+1 have stepped into the right path, adding an agreement would be within reach if they pursue serious talks.

Mehr News Agency reported the remarks of the top parliamentarian on November 8. IFP has picked and translated part of what the parliament speaker had to say in the ceremony.

The top MP said that the two sides have made some progress in the talks. He said this could be a good opportunity to solve the dispute [over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program], adding that the settlement of this case could solve other issues as well.

Larijani reiterated that such a solution is contingent on the fact that Iran should enjoy nuclear technology, saying that Iran is not after nuclear weapons, nor does it seek new laws beyond the current international rules and regulations.

He went on to hope that the talks could end conclusively in the presence of well-experienced experts, saying that if so, positive results would be produced.

He then disputed the so-called anti-ISIL coalition led by the US, saying it seems highly unlikely to solve regional problems.

If Iran helps Iraq and Syria eliminate their enemies it is because Iran does not want to experience insecurity within its borders, he said, adding that insecurity in the region would affect Iran in one way or another.

He said the problem would be totally solved if certain countries are prevented from supporting terrorists, adding Iran takes proud in its support for Iraq and Syria [to take on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists].

Larijani said Iran has acted in good faith, saying the anti-ISIL coalition seems unlikely to help defuse the crisis.

As for the role of media, he said that people’s life is intertwined with media, saying media is not something for fun.

He also thanked the government for working on a piece of law which allows the release of information, saying that media would grow stronger if freedom of thought prevails in society.

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