Manouchehr Mottaki Criticizes the Policies of Iranian Government in Nuclear Talks

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Written By Mahmoud Sarvari

former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki

Currently Iranian government is in the middle of negotiations with 5+1 group to determine the venue for the next round of nuclear talks between Islamic Republic and 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany). The former foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has published a report in his personal website in which he censured the policies of Iranian government in this subject.

“The Iranian side is offering unwise options to the members of 5+1 group. At the moment, Iran is trying to hold the next round of negotiations in Turkey, Iraq or Egypt. They must note that these countries have hostile policies against Syrian government and I believe the upcoming talks won’t bring positive results for Islamic Republic.” Manouchehr Mottaki wrote in a letter published in his site.

“Iran and European countries used to hold sessions in Tehran or capitals of their countries but Turkey was the first intermediary country that accepted to hold the multilateral discussions in Istanbul. It really surprised me that Iranian government is trying to hold the next sessions in Iraq. This Arab country is not secure enough to host these meetings. I don’t know who has offered this country?” Mottaki censured the proposals made by Iranian government.

“I think the best solution for our country is holding the next meetings in Tehran or European cities. Otherwise these talks won’t benefit us and they will come with further failures for the system.” Manouchehr Mottaki concluded.

In 2010, Mottaki was dismissed as foreign minister by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, something that has been widely speculated as a power struggle within the conservative establishment. Mottaki said, “Dismissing a minister during a mission is un-Islamic, undiplomatic and offensive.”