Deputy Head of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Esmail Kowsari says the steely resolve of the Iranian nation has not been weakened by 33 years of sanctions.
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the sanctions and other forms of aggressions against Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution have failed to weaken the “iron will” of the Iranian nation.
Pointing to the liberation of Iran's city of Khorramshahr from Iraqi occupation on May 24, 1982, Esmail Kowsari said, “With the sacrifice of the proud Iranian youths in those times, Khorramshahr brought about a wave of honor for the nation.”
“And now that negotiations with the P5+1 group (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States plus Germany) are being pursued; victory will certainly once again be ours,” the deputy head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added.
Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers have started a third session of their latest talks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad following earlier negotiations.
The Iranian negotiating delegation is headed by Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili, and the delegations of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are headed by the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Iran and the P5+1 held the first session of the second round of their talks in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday. A second session was held on Thursday morning.
The previous round of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14.
Iran and the P5+1 had formerly held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2010, and another in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011.