Russia, S. Arabia Respond to Zarif’s Letter

Russia, S. Arabia  Respond to Zarif’s LetterRussia, S. Arabia  Respond to Zarif’s Letter

An informed source has said a number of foreign ministers, including Saudi Arabia's Saud al-Faisal and Russia's Sergey Lavrov, have officially responded to a recent letter by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to his counterparts on nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers.  

ISNA on Friday quoted the source as saying that the foreign ministries of some East European and Latin American countries have also issued statements in this regard, adding that they have appreciated Iran's efforts meant to help resolve the long-running dispute over its nuclear program and expressed hope that Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) would be able to reach a final nuclear deal as soon as possible in view of the fact that the resolution of the dispute would positively affect the region and the world.  

The source also said, "The replies to the letter indicate that members of the international community acknowledge the rightfulness of the Islamic Republic's stances on the nuclear negotiations and believe that it is possible that the parties reach a win-win agreement."    

In a letter to his counterparts last month, the foreign minister briefed them on the latest developments in the nuclear talks, in which he said, "My delegation has engaged in these talks with the firm mandate and strong political will to reach a comprehensive agreement. We have clearly demonstrated that we are prepared to accept a rational and fair agreement based on mutual respect and interest, in the same manner as we resist and reject arbitrary, degrading and unlawful demands."

Zarif also said, "I am confident that a comprehensive agreement is imminently within reach.  It requires foresight, political will and recognition of realities by our negotiating partners as well as the audacity to make the right choice benefitting the entire global community rather than succumbing to the whims of vocal, but increasingly unpopular, pressure groups and special interests."