Zarif: Oman can play positive part in nuclear negotiations
Iranian foreign minister said early Sunday morning that Oman can play a positive role in leading to a fruitful result of nuclear talks, advising the West that best solution for them is realizing the fact that sanctions have been ineffective, IRNA reported.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said after arriving in Muscat Air Port and his brief talks with his counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi in the air port that the Iranian nuclear program has never had any military dimension and objectives and will never have any.
"The best thing to do for the West is to heed the reality that the moves made to impose pressure against Iran thus far have been quite futile and it is necessary to reach a solution based on mutual respect and cooperation now," he further emphasized.
Zarif said that if the West will be interested in finding such a solution it will be possible to find it within the remaining period till November 24 so that the two sides will come to terms with each other.
The Iranian foreign minister who heads the Iranian nuclear negotiation team arrived in Oman's capital city, Muscat, Saturday evening for trilateral talks with his US counterpart John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Zarif, Ashton and Kerry are scheduled to have a trilateral meeting on Sunday, whose agenda includes preparing the ground for the upcoming Iran-P5+1 (UN Security Council Big 5 plus German), according to IRNA's dispatched reported to Muscat.
The talks will focus on disputes between the two parties, mainly about enrichment, lifting of sanctions and duration of agreement.
Iran's Foreign Ministry deputies Abbass Araqchi and Majid Takht-Ravanchi as well as senior members of Iran nuclear negotiating team, John Kerry and William Joseph Burns, senior advisor to the US secretary of state, and Wendy Ruth Sherman, the US envoy to the G5+1, will be present in the talks.
Oman trilateral nuclear talks will be held on Sunday and Monday, November 9 and 10, and according to Araqchi, on the third day, Tuesday, November 11, the Iran-G5+1 talks will begin here in Muscat, which might take a day or longer.
Another member of the Iranian nuclear negotiation team told Iran that in this round of talks Iran and the Sextet will also decide about the date and place of their next round of talks.
In response to IRNA's question whether Zsrif, Kerry and Ashton will also have another trilateral talk before the next round of Iran-Sextet talks, he said: that depends on the outcome of Muscat talks.