Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says an “exceptional opportunity” has emerged for the resolution of Tehran’s nuclear issue.
Rouhani made the remarks on Thursday in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron as Iran, the United States and the European Union ended a second round of nuclear talks on Tehran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
“We should move in the direction of national and international interests and do not let this opportunity… be missed easily,” the Iranian president said.
“Special conditions are prevailing over the negotiations because our common positions regarding the peacefulness of [Iran’s] nuclear activities and the necessity of removal of all unjust sanctions can lead us to the final solution,” he added.
Rouhani emphasized that Iran’s nuclear energy program is peaceful as required under a fatwa by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Iran and P5+1 group of countries – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – have been in talks to resolve outstanding issues surrounding the Islamic Republic’s peaceful nuclear program.
Rouhani has also written “to the leaders of the P5+1 group of countries” involved in nuclear talks, his office said Thursday.
France active role urged
In a phone conversation with French President Francois Hollande, Rouhani referred to France’s “positive role” during previous nuclear talks between Iran and three major European states from 2003 to 2005, calling for an “active role” of Paris in ongoing talks in Lausanne.
“Enemies of relations between the two states want a non-constructive role of France in the negotiations, but the French government will undo their objectives by (playing) its constructive role,” he said.
Hollande also called for a “lasting, robust and verifiable” nuclear accord with Iran.
“The president, while insisting on Iran’s legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear power, insisted on the need to work towards a lasting, robust and verifiable agreement on Iran’s nuclear program,” Hollande’s office said in a statement.
Hope for progress
In a phone conversation, Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, voiced hope for progress at the talks in Switzerland.
“Hope was expressed for success at the new round of talks in Lausanne,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
The two leaders “noted with satisfaction the progress” made over previous weeks over Iran’s nuclear drive.
Rouhani and Putin also discussed the latest developments of Yemen.
Putin said that his country is against any military intervention in Yemen and that Moscow considers the Saudi invasion as a non-constructive move.
Saudi invasion condemned
In his phone talks, Rouhani highlighted the Saudi airstrikes against Yemen that left dozens of people dead, condemning any military intervention in the internal affairs of independent nations.
In talks with Hollande, the Iranian president described the Saudi invasion as a dangerous move.
“Interference by foreign militaries is very dangerous and deepens the crisis,” Rouhani said, adding that the “solution to Yemen’s problems is not military.”
On Thursday, Saudi warplanes carried out several airstrikes against Yemen, hitting the cities of Sana’a, Sa’ada and Ta’izz.
Saudi warplanes started bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters and launched attacks against the Sana’a International Airport and the Dulaimi airbase early on Thursday.
Yemeni security forces inspect the damage at the scene of a Saudi airstrike targeting the group which controls Sana’a near the airport in the Yemeni capital on March 26, 2015.
The blatant invasion of Yemen’s sovereignty by the Saudi government comes against a backdrop of total silence on the part of international bodies, especially the United Nations. The world body has so far failed to show any reaction whatsoever to the violation of the sovereignty of one of its members by Riyadh.