First part of S-300 missile system delivered to Iran
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jaberi Ansari who was speaking in his weekly press conference announced the implementation of first phase of S-300 missile contract between Iran and Russia.
Hossein Jaberi Ansari also reaffirmed the upcoming visit of EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini who is scheduled to arrive in Tehran on Sarturday. Mogherini will head a 7-member delegation of High-ranking EU officials.
In response to a question on delivery of Russian advanced defense missile system S-300, of which the first part is reportedly delivered to Iran through Caspian Sea, Jaberi Ansari confirmed that the first phase of the Iran-Russia contract on the systems is implemented; “we had already announced that despite several times of change in time of delivery, the deal is on its path of implementation and today I should announce that the first phase of the agreement is implemented and the process will continue.”
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will arrive in Tehran Monday night ahead of the start of a new round of intra-Syrian talks on April 14, added Jaberi Ansari.
“The Islamic Republic, based on its policies, has always backed a peaceful solution to Syrian crisis and welcomes UN efforts in this regard,” he added.
On Saudi Arabia’s stances toward the violation of Iran’s nuclear deal and other international treaties on sanctions against Iran, he said “Saudi’s positions are beyond the country’s capacities, since it is standing against the international will and global agreements. The Saudi regime is taking these positions because it is pursuing the course of its interests in violation of signed agreements.”
He went on to add, “the era of such policies is long past. Policies that are adopted in the counter-clockwise direction will ultimately fail to reach any results.”
About the level of Iran’s participation in the 13th OIC Summit in Istanbul, he said “the Islamic Republic, as a key member of the OIC, has always prioritized the use of this organization’s capacities, but we will inform the media about the level of Iran’s participation later.”
“Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend the ministerial meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, but levels above the minister needs to be first coordinated with the presidential office,” he said.
The 13th Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 10-15. The Iranian delegation of experts headed by Deputy FM Abbas Araghchi left for the Turkish city of Istanbul Sunday to attend the Summit. The OIC leaders’ summit will take place on Thursday and Friday.
“The capacities of the OIC should not be used for settling political agendas. So we hope the Istanbul Summit will be held at the highest level and meet the interests of all member countries and Muslim Ummah,” he said.
On Iran’s position toward the participation of Kurdish groups in Syrian peace talks, he said “we will not interfere in the details of any country’s’ affairs. The framework for the Syrian talks is that it should be held between the Syrian government and the opposition groups.”
On Yemen’s ceasefire and related talks held in Kuwait, he said “one of the key components of Iran’s proposal was ceasefire. Any agreement between the Yemeni political groups within the framework of a peaceful solution to end the inhuman crimes against the people of Yemen and the destruction of the country’s infrastructure is fully backed and supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Jaberi Ansari went on to add, “regrettably though, the cease-fires in Yemen have been violated by groups involved in the conflict which are disturbing the stability in the region.”
He expressed hope, however, that the ongoing talks and agreements will help end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
On Iran’s positions toward the United States Navy leading the largest maritime exercises in the Middle East with 30 countries participating in the event, he said “Iran’s policy is based on preserving stability and security in the region and International waterways through cooperation with all regional countries.”
He went on to add, “however, the intervention of other countries outside the region in this framework, instead of being in line with the interests, security and stability of the regional countries, is in fact a violation of these factors.”
About the US remarks in regard to Iran’s missile capabilities, he said “Iran’s defense system follows only defensive objectives and the Islamic Republic will never negotiate with any country over its defense needs and equipment.”