World leaders welcome Iran nuclear deal

15th Jul 2015
World leaders welcome Iran nuclear deal

[Photo:  (R-L) US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, German Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi poses for a family shoot after they concluded the Iran nuclear talk meetings with a deal in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015.Photographer: Hasan Tosun/Anadolu Agency]

 

ANKARA (AA): Leaders from all over the world have started to react to the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers achieved in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Tuesday that the UN Security Council was expected to pass a resolution within days to approve the nuclear deal.

“A resolution will be very quickly presented to the UN Security Council… It’s a matter of days,” Laurent Fabius told a press conference in Vienna.

He said the nuclear deal could “normalize” Tehran’s international relations and even help resolve certain crises in the Middle East.

“This is an historic deal in its aim and because it can help facilitate a normalization of Iran’s international relations,” Fabius said, adding that he hoped it would “help a certain number of crises in which it (Iran) is directly or indirectly involved be resolved more easily.”

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron also praised the “historic deal”.

“A deal which secures our fundamental aim – to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon – and that will help to make our world a safer place,” he said. “I want to pay tribute to all of those who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to deliver this deal. It has required leadership, courage and determination on both sides.”

Russian Foreign Mininster Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that the agreement on Iran nuclear program removed all sanctions and also gave it the right to pursue “peaceful atom”.

According to the Sputnik news wire, Lavrov said Russia would be actively involved in implementing the Iran deal.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the deal was the culmination of over a decade of complex negotiations. “Under the agreement, Iran will grant the International Atomic Energy Agency access to verify adherence to the restrictions placed on its nuclear programme, giving the international community confidence that the programme is, and will remain, exclusively peaceful.”

“In return, once Iran has taken key steps to introduce these restrictions, the international community will lift some of its sanctions on Iran, delivering significant economic and financial benefits,” Hammond said.

He also said that the international community also recognized the concerns of the Gulf states. “We will maintain our clear position in support of the Gulf states and against Iranian interference in their internal affairs. We hope, and expect, that this agreement will herald a step-change in Iran’s relations with its neighbours and with the international community,” he added.

Pakistan also welcomed the Iran nuclear deal. Pakistani Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said in a statement that the nuclear deal would pave the way for the stalled Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, which had been pending for years due to international sanctions on Iran. Aziz said the deal would also pave the way for better trade relations between Pakistan and Iran.

Oman, which brokered secret nuclear talks between Washington and Tehran, hailed the areement as historic.

United Arab Emirates head of state, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, congratulated Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said: “The nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group is not a perfect agreement, but it is a historic moment.”

“Today could have been the end of hope…but today we are starting a new chapter of hope,” Zarif added.

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini defined the final nuclear deal as the beginning of a new era in diplomacy.

“Iran nuclear deal opens new chapter; shows diplomacy can overcome decades of tensions,” she said.

 

Authors: Övünç Kutlu, Aslı Aral, The Muslim News

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