2021-May-11 20:58
2021-February-18  21:03

Potugal Seeking Closer Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Portugal, the rotating president of the Council of the European Union, underlined interest in the further development of relations and cooperation with Iran.

The issue was raised in a virtual meeting between Political Director General of Portuguese Foreign Ministry, whose country holds presidency of Council of European Union, and his Iranian counterpart.

The Portuguese official said that the country is seeking closer tie with Iran in connection with regional and international issues.

Speaking at the 3rd round of political talks between Iran and Portugal, which was held on Wednesday through videoconference, he reiterated that Portugal is looking for a closer tie with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the virtual meeting, the Director-General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for West European Affairs and the Political Director-General of the Portuguese Foreign Ministry exchanged their views on the bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.

The two sides discussed historical relations between the two countries and explored ways for enhancing and promoting bilateral ties in political, economic and cultural fields.

The Director Generals of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Portugal, while reviewing the developments in the West Asian region especially the Persian Gulf, said that the solution to the region's problems is possible only through dialogue, cooperation and confidence-building.

While emphasizing the significance of maintaining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a salient multilateral diplomatic achievement, the two sides also stressed the need to support constructive diplomatic efforts to achieve full implementation of commitments under JCPOA.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there is no way for parties to the nuclear deal to save the agreement but persuading the US to lift the inhumane sanctions against Iran.

During the conversation, Rouhani categorically dismissed the possibility of injecting new items into the already negotiated nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was struck on July 14, 2015 between Iran and six world powers – the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

“The JCPOA, as a document approved by the UN Security Council and a product of sustained efforts by Iran and six major countries in the world, has a clear framework and cannot be changed,” he told Merkel.

Hinting at Europe’s lack of commitment to the JCPOA in the aftermath of the US withdrawal, Rouhani said Iran should be able to see the effectiveness of the nuclear deal in practice, and Europe should practically prove that it is really after maintaining the JCPOA.

Rouhani said his administration is committed to further reduce the country’s undertakings under the JCPOA, unless the sanctions are lifted, in which case “we will also completely implement our obligations within the framework of the JCPOA”.

Merkel, for her part, called on Iran to take steps to ensure its return to full compliance to the JCPOA.

“She expressed her concern that Iran continues to fail to meet its obligations under the nuclear agreement,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

“It is now time for positive signals that create trust and increase the chances of a diplomatic solution,” the chancellor said, according to Seibert.