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Iran ready to continue negotiations with Europe: Speaker

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 25, IRNA
Head of Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) said here Wednesday that Iran expects Europe to chart an independent course in its dealings with Iran and act independent from the US.

Speaking on the sidelines of a Majlis open session Haddad Adel added that the Iranian government is ready for comprehensive cooperation with Europe.

"We have always stressed that the Europe should enter a logical discourse with us."
"If they are logical with us, rest assured that they will also hear a logical response. Our expectation is that Europeans should not tow the Washington's line which does not have a logical behavior towards Tehran," Adel underlined.

He further expressed hope that "Iran's cooperation with Europe will bear fruit in safeguarding the legitimate rights of Iranian nation."
On Kurds not having a representatives in the proposed cabinet makeup, he said "Iran is comprised of many ethnic and tribal groups and if we expect to have representatives from each group in very cabinet it will tie the hands of the president and Majlis." This does not mean that we are ambivalent to the Kurds' plight.

If the president does not have enough time to pick the most qualified from each ethnic group we should not misconstrue this to mean lack of kindness towards them, he said.

He further rejected suggestions that Majlis has been playing politics by giving its vote of confidence to the proposed cabinet nominees.

"The outcome of the vote in which the credentials of four proposed nominees were rejected by the MPs indicates that the Majlis dose act independently and not according to any preset formula," Adel stated.

On the statements attributed to the president saying he will not select any substitute for the rejected MPs from the Majlis deputies, he said it is the president's prerogative to select candidates from either inside or outside the Majlis.

"The important issue is the qualification of the nominees," he retorted.

He also brushed aside assertions purportedly made by some MPs that the rejection of four candidates is due to collusion by the "Mafia of power and money."
"If every candidate had been confirmed some would have still said that the Mafia of power and money had collaborated to confirm all the proposed nominees," he added.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi here Saturday declared Iran's readiness for holding dialogue with Europe on resumption of atomic activity in Natanz and other nuclear facilities.

Speaking to reporters, he added that Iran will not accept any condition for starting negotiation on the issue and that discussion about Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) is already over.

Justifying the performance of Iran's nuclear team, he noted that the new Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani will undoubtedly continue the usual policy.

Dismissing the Europeans claim about Iran's violation of Paris Agreement, Asefi said that according to the document, the activities of Isfahan nuclear facilities were suspended voluntarily and have been resumed voluntarily.



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