A senior Iranian parliamentarian has reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s stance on defending its nuclear energy program, stressing that the country will never give up its absolute rights.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for negotiations and talks with representatives of the P5+1 countries on the nuclear issue with based on mutual respect and on an equal footing,” Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Sunday.
Boroujerdi made the remarks in a meeting with Hagop Pakradounian, an Armenian deputy in Lebanon’s parliament, as Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, Britain, France and the US – plus Germany are scheduled to hold talks mainly on Iran’s nuclear issue in Geneva on October 15 and 16.
The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program, with the US and the European Union using the unsubstantiated claim as an excuse to impose illegal sanctions against Tehran.
Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Boroujerdi further said that Iran and Lebanon share a common stance on developments in Syria.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s approach is based on promoting sustainable peace and security in the region and across the world,” the Iranian lawmaker added.
The Lebanese MP, for his part, said that his country supports Iran’s efforts to promote regional peace and security and believes that Tehran has played a very constructive role in averting war in the crisis-stricken country.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
In a recent statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the number of Syrian refugees, who have fled the 30-month-long conflict, reached two million.
The UN refugee agency also said some 4.2 million people have also been displaced inside Syria since the beginning of the conflict in the Arab country.