Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12
By Milad Fashtami - Trend:
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that in order to reach a nuclear agreement, the P5+1 group of countries should adopt realistic approaches.
The official went on to note that the other side should avoid excessive demands, Iran's Mehr News Agency reported on Jan. 12.
Larijani made the remarks at a meeting with Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides.
"The stances of Cyprus in regards to international developments show the country's good understanding of the events," he said.
Larijani further stressed on the need to boost the two countries' bilateral cooperation.
Kasoulides, for his part, said that the atmosphere in the European Union in regards to Iran's nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 is positive.
"Cyprus knows Iran's important role in the region and wants to increase bilateral relations," he said.
Iran's nuclear program has been a bone of contention between Tehran and the West in the past years.
The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries is scheduled for January 18 in Geneva.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to hold a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Austrian city of Geneva on Jan 14.
Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council comprising of China, France, Russia, Britain, the US Plus Germany) sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24,2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the West's decade-old dispute with Iran over the country's nuclear energy program.
The Geneva deal took effect on January 20 and expired on July 20.
However, the two sides agreed to extend their talks for four months till Nov. 24 to reach a permanent deal on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
At a meeting held on November 24, 2014, the sides agreed to extend the talks for further seven months.
Edited by CN