President Raeisi says Iran serious about reaching deal in Vienna talks
Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the ongoing negotiations in Vienna will result in a good deal if the other parties are determined to remove US sanctions against Tehran.
Addressing Iranian ambassadors and head of diplomatic missions abroad on Saturday, Raeisi said Tehran definitely pursues such an agreement.
"The fact that we presented the text of Iran's proposal to the negotiating parties shows that we are serious in the talks, and if the other side is also serious about the removal of sanctions, we will achieve a good agreement. We are definitely after a good agreement," he said.
Last week, Iran submitted two draft proposals to the other parties concerning the removal of sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments, but the Europeans requested a break to take them to their capitals for discussion.
The talks resumed on Thursday, with Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, stressing that Tehran is sticking to the stance it laid out last week.
Raesi said the brutal US sanctions against the Islamic Republic are mainly economic-based and the enemy's strategy is to keep and expand the shadow of these sanctions on the Iranian nation, adding Iran should primarily focus on defusing and breaking the impact of the bans.
He underlined that his administration is doing its best to thwart the effect of the sanctions and our decision in the fields of oil sales and financial resources are geared toward managing the country in case the sanctions continue.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian president pointed to a serious effort to establish better ties with neighboring countries, insisting that Tehran needs to develop a correct view about its borders and look at its neighbors as opportunities, not threats.
Emphasizing the significance of developing strong economic ties with neighboring nations, Raeisi further underlined that establishing ties with Israel can neither bring security to the occupying regime, nor to the states of the region.
He added that maintaining good relations with regional countries is what will culminate into security in our region.