Iranian FM: US congressmen willing to develop parliamentary diplomacy with Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 7 / Trend, N. Umid/
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that US congressmen are willing to develop parliamentary diplomacy with Iran, IRNA news agency reported.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian MPs.
Zarif presented a report to Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on what Iranian diplomatic offensive yielded at United Nations General Assembly over the sanctions.
He also underlined that, "administration needs approval of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for normalizing ties with Washington."
"The US administration and Congress both were out to design new sanctions against Iran and the Israelis attempted to isolate Iran and walk out when President Hassan Rouhani addressing the 68th UN General Assembly, but the Iranian diplomatic offensive neutralized both plots," the top diplomat said.
Zarif said that Iran was not isolated in the UN summit. Rather, it received numerous requests for talks.
"The least achievement the UN visit yielded was that before the trip 45 percent of the Americans believed in war with the Iranian nation, but today 75 percent favor a diplomatic approach to solve Iran-US standoff," he said.
On aggregate, UN visit had positive achievements and national interests were the focal point of the negotiations, he said, adding that the US administration proved animosity over the past three decades and by latest arbitrary sanctions.
Last week, Iranian media outlets quoted Rouhani as saying ""The influence of the talks between Iran and the US has been so positive that a committee for friendship with Iran is going to be launched in the US Congress, in which case your job in the Parliament will also grow much more serious," during a meeting with Iranian MPs.
Some forces in Iran were negative towards Hassan Rouhani's approach to talks with the U.S. president and its stance on country's nuclear program.
For example, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari called Rouhani`s phone conversation with his US counterpart, a tactical mistake.
Later, extremist groups in Iran, held protests against Rouhani, upon his arrival in Tehran from New York. The protesters threw shoes at Rouhani.
On October 5, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that, Iran doesn't trust the United States, which doesn't keep its promises, "yet we have faith in our own diplomats".