Agreement possible if Americans honest, realistic: Hashemi

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News ID: 3561
Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 10:01 - 25 February 2014
Tehran, YJC. Hashemi and Reynders have met in Tehran.

Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders and Iran’s Head of Expediency Discernment Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani met in Tehran on Monday morning.

Hashemi said "We have to see irrational support by the West, especially the US, rendered to equip extremists with definite negative impacts all around the world, not least in Syria with lots of foreign armed forces in it.”

"As educated by their faith, knowledgeable Muslims are sincerely against disintegration and religious clash. The extremist see their survival in aggravating such tensions,” he asserted.

The Head of the Expediency Discernment Council further pointed to Iran’s nuclear talks with the Six Majors and said "Americans must avoid contributing to further distrust. The Supreme Leader’s fatwa calling the production of nuclear weapons haram is also well known. The government is also ready to answer all concerns within the IAEA framework. So if Americans are honest and realistic, reaching a comprehensive, successful agreement is conceivable.”

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Didier Reynders in turn thanked Iran for actively engaging in nuclear talks with the P5+1 and stated that for a high-ranking Belgian delegation to visit the country is indicative of Iran’s importance in regional affairs.

Also expressing regret that Iran was not invited to the Geneva2 talks on Syria, Reynders said "We believe that Iran attending the negotiations would have helped find a peaceful way to solve the Syrian crisis. Even now we hope that we can enjoy more of your abilities and viewpoints on the matter.”

The Belgian Prime Minister in the end invited Mr. Hashemi on a visit to his country.

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