News ID: 320781
Published: 0256 GMT April 04, 2022

MPs say no Vienna agreement draft submitted yet, warn against hasty predictions

MPs say no Vienna agreement draft submitted yet, warn against hasty predictions

Political Desk

Iranian MPs warned against making any hasty prejudgment or prediction about the Vienna talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal based on limited information, saying no draft of a potential agreement has been submitted to the legislative body as differences still remain on important issues in the negotiations.

Speaking to IRNA, Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Abbas Moqtadaei said everyone must know that the negotiations on the restoration of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are dependent on a major issue that is being supervised, assessed and pursued at national levels.

He called for refrainment from making any prejudgment or prediction about the talks based on limited information, noting, “Since the nuclear talks in Iran have a special custodian, the Supreme National Security Council, along with the Foreign Ministry, Parliament and other organizations, which are constantly informed about the general outlines and details of the issue.”

The entire Islamic Establishment, the lawmaker said, is working toward safeguarding and exercising the Iranian nation’s interests and, in view of the present circumstances, will regard the country’s benefits, guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the law passed by Parliament – known as the Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests – in December 2020.

He gave the assurance that the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has supervised all stages of implementing the action plan.

Moqtadaei warned against making hasty remarks or raising issues that can harm the country’s national security, saying Iran has a united voice and stance on the implementation of the action plan.

He stressed that the points discussed between Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties in Vienna have been written down in the form of the sides’ proposals, noting that any of the signatories’ approaches are clear.

“To reach an agreement, we need the other side to take the Iranian nations’ interests and red lines into account and act accordingly.”


‘No draft submitted’


Fada Hossein-Maleki, a member of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry has submitted no draft of a potential Vienna agreement to the legislative body, as no agreement has been achieved yet.

Making the remarks in reaction to some claims about the preparation of a draft for the Vienna agreement, he added, “As far as I know, no agreement has yet been reached between Iran and the West for which to write a draft.”

The Iranian negotiating team has submitted a number of proposals to the Western side in the new round of talks, the MP noted.


‘Finishing line not crossed yet’


Reiterating the same thing, Ebrahim Azizi, another vice-chairman of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said no draft has been prepared yet as a basis for a final agreement in Vienna.

He added the negotiations are still in their final stages and consultations continue, warning against assuming that the talks have reached the finishing point.

The lawmaker said, “I believe that we must refrain from making any prejudgment as the Parliament has received no draft pertaining to the negotiations. However, in several meetings with the committee, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani have explained the contents of the negotiations, discussed the issues and the sides’ views.”

He added it is possible that the talks are close to the finishing line, but they have in no way been concluded yet, noting that until the time the complete text of the negotiations has been officially submitted by the Foreign Ministry to the Parliament, any speculation in this regard will be based on personal opinions.



Resource: IRNA
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