Nuclear Talks to Help Reciprocal Trust-building
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said future nuclear negotiations between Iran and the sextet of world powers would greatly help mutual trust building.
Zarif made the remark in a meeting with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Monday.
Zarif further recalled the previous extensive and multifaceted relations between Tehran and Berlin and hoped that in line with the new developments, the two countries can seize the emerging opportunities in keeping with their national interests.
The two foreign ministers in their meeting discussed the talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany), as well grounds for mutual cooperation and the developments in Syria.
Steinmeier, whose country is a member of the G5+1 (also know as P5+1 and E3+3), hailed the progress and the future perspective of the talks between the group and Iran.
Iran and the six powers on November 24, 2013, signed a six-month deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in Geneva after several rounds of tight negotiations.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday said Tehran and the sextet powers will begin talks in Vienna on February 18 to finalize a comprehensive nuclear deal.
Steinmeier also recalled Germany’s support for the participation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Geneva 2 conference on Syria, and hoped that Iran will play its role in resolving the Syrian crisis.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had invited Iran to the Geneva 2 conference, held in late January, but later retracted the invitation under pressure from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition.
In the absence of key players, especially Iran, the conference failed to find a solution to the Syrian crisis that has gripped the country since 2011.