Russian, Saudi FMs hope for rapid settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue


A number of foreign ministers, including the Saudi and Russian top diplomats, have sent official responses to Zarif’s letter, while some other foreign ministries issued general statements.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal in response to a letter that their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif had sent to all the top diplomats of the world states, expressed hope that Tehran and the world powers would be able to reach a final nuclear deal at the earliest, sources said.

An informed source told Fars News Agency (FNA) that the Russian and Saudi top diplomats wrote official responses to Zarif’s last month letter to the world foreign ministers, which described the latest conditions in the talks between Tehran and P5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) and Iran’s positions.

“A number of foreign ministers, including the Saudi and Russian top diplomats, have sent official responses to that letter, while some other foreign ministries, including those in East Europe and Latin America, issued general statements in response,” the source told FNA on Saturday.

“In their responses, the other sides appreciated Iran for its measures and expressed hope that Iran and P5+1 would soon reach an agreement, and underlined that the agreement will be of paramount importance to the world and the region,” the source added.

The source stated that the responses showed that members of the international community admit the Islamic Republic’s righteous positions in the nuclear negotiations and believe that a win-win deal is possible.

Zarif in separate letters to his counterparts in the world states in December reiterated that any nuclear deal with the world powers should include annulment of all sanctions against Tehran.


Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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