Iran's Ebtekar calls for end to sanctions

(AGI) Rome, Nov 26 - Iran's Deputy President Masoumeh Ebtekarhas appealed to the West to revoke sanctions on Iran that'prevent it from playing a more active role in the region andpreventing the spread of Islamic State (IS) militants'. MsEbtekar, who is also head of the Department of the Environment,told a meeting at the Italian Society for InternationalOrganisation (SIOI) in Rome that she hoped the sanctions wouldbe revoked within the next few months, stressing that Iran wasone of the leading protagonists in the region, and that apositive conclusion to the nuclear talks

(AGI) Rome, Nov 26 - Iran's Deputy President Masoumeh Ebtekarhas appealed to the West to revoke sanctions on Iran that'prevent it from playing a more active role in the region andpreventing the spread of Islamic State (IS) militants'. MsEbtekar, who is also head of the Department of the Environment,told a meeting at the Italian Society for InternationalOrganisation (SIOI) in Rome that she hoped the sanctions wouldbe revoked within the next few months, stressing that Iran wasone of the leading protagonists in the region, and that apositive conclusion to the nuclear talks would bolster Tehran'sactive role in keeping the peace and helping other countries toresist IS. The Sunni IS militants had 'nothing to do with trueIslam', she said, describing them as 'terrible terrorists withno compassion'. With regard to their appearance on the MiddleEastern scene, Ms Ebtekar said the root of the problem neededto be examined, as did the countries behind the movement andthe real intentions of the governments opposing them. Then, shesaid, it would be possible to set up a true and genuinealliance to defeat them. The situation in Syria was verycomplicated, Tehran had always sought a 'peaceful and rationalsolution' and needed to be in a position to combat the wave ofviolence. Despite the failure to reach agreement in Vienna onMonday, nuclear talks had not stalled. Ms Ebtekar hoped thatbeing given more time to work on the crucial points would help,and that those who were opposed would not create furtherobstacles. She reminded the meeting that the Supreme Leader(Ayatollah Khomeini) had supported the talks through all theirdifficult stages and believed that this opportunity should notbe missed and, furthermore, that there was also great supportamong the people. However, she did point her finger at the'double standard' being applied to the issue, with Iran in thesights of the international community, while there were weaponsarsenals in other parts of the country that were not subject toany controls. Ms Ebtekar stressed that for the talks tosucceed, there must be 'an impartial approach' and 'recognitionof the country's inalienable rights', such as 'access to thissort of technology'. (AGI) . .