Pakistan welcomes the interim agreement between Iran and P-5 Plus at the United Nations Security Council

Islamabad, December 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan today welcomed the interim agreement between Iran and P-5 Plus, at the United Nations Security Council, with respect to the Iranian nuclear issue, says a press release received from New York here today.

In a statement made at the UN Security Council today after the presentation of 90-day report by Chairman of 1737 Committee to the Security Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Masood Khan said that Pakistan had always maintained that Iran, as a party to the NPT and member of the IAEA, was entitled to certain rights that should be recognized in line with the provisions of the NPT and the IAEA. “At the same time, Iran should fulfil its legal obligations under these instruments”, he added.

Pakistan expressed its satisfaction that the Joint Action Plan strikes a balance between these rights and obligations. “It represents a practical manifestation of the strategic use of the political will and flexibility in the cause of peace and security. The Plan contains the necessary menu of reciprocal confidence-building measures and marks the beginning of a diplomatic engagement”, he added. Pakistan also expressed hope that both sides implement their respective commitments in good faith.

Pakistani envoy said that being an immediate neighbour of Iran, Pakistan has always underscored the importance of finding a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. “Pakistan looks forward to a long-term comprehensive solution, which should augur well for peace and security in the region and the world at large”, he said.

Ambassador Khan said that the overall positive tone of the last IAEA report is indicative of the progress on technical issues between Iran and the Agency. Pakistan urged Iran to stay engaged with the IAEA and extend full cooperation to it with a view to addressing remaining issues, including in line with the Joint Action Plan.

Pakistani envoy emphasized that the Council has an important responsibility to make its contribution to the resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue. “The Council and the 1737 Committee may re-evaluate, at an appropriate time and we hope soon, the objectives and strategy as set out in the relevant resolutions of the Security Council vis-à-vis the Iranian nuclear issue”, he added.

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