Not Crossing Red Lines

Not Crossing Red Lines
Not Crossing Red Lines

The head of the Center for Strategic Research at the Expediency Council denied rumors that nuclear negotiators from Tehran to the P5+1 talks had crossed 'red lines'.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the UN deputy secretary-general, Jan Eliasson, on Thursday, Ali-Akbar Velayati said, "Dr. Zarif and his negotiating team have never crossed the red lines and as far as we know they are going forward within the framework of the government's rules," IRNA reported.

He referred to his meeting with Eliasson and said, "He (Elaisson) expressed regret over the situation in Iraq and Syria in which the terrorist and extremist groups have created huge problems for the people in the region."

"Eliasson also expressed hope that Iran would help bring peace and security in Syria and Iraq," Velayati stated.

The head of the center for strategic studies said, "In the meeting, Eliasson, quoting Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraq's Kurdistan Region, praised Iran's assistance" to the Iraqi Kurds in their recent times of need against the IS.

Velayati said, "The UN official called on Iran to maintain its constructive role in the fight against the extremist Islamic State."

 He said the UN and Iran enjoy common positions on helping establish peace and tranquility in Syria and Iraq and the battle against extremism and terrorism.

  Hopes for a Final Nuclear Deal

Jan Eliasson, for his part, expressed hope that nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) would ultimately produce a comprehensive agreement. He said Iran's nuclear issue is of great significance not only for the world body but for the whole international community, which helps reduce tensions in the Middle East.

He stressed on the role and significance of regional players and called on them to "perform responsibly" in light of the complex and complicated developments that have engulfed the strategic region for years.

The UN deputy secretary-general arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to attend a ceremony to commemorate the United Nations Day and meet senior officials.

During his three-day visit and before his meeting with Velayati, he held separate talks with Abbas Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Kamal Kharrazi, head of the Foreign Relations Strategic Council.