Iran, IAEA Issue Joint Statement on Continued Mutual Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a statement at the end of a meeting between Vice-President and Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami and IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi, stressing the need for continued and extended cooperation between the two sides.
“In this meeting the parties recalled and reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation and mutual trust and its continuation and emphasized the necessity for addressing the relevant issues in a constructive atmosphere and exclusively in a technical manner,” the statement issued during Grossi’s visit to Tehran said on Sunday.
“In the framework of the existing cooperation, the two sides decided to maintain their mutual interactions and meetings at relevant levels. To this end, the Vice-President and the Head of AEOI will meet the IAEA Diector-General on the sidelines of the upcoming General Conference, and the IAEA DG will also visit Tehran in the near future to hold high level consultations with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran with the aim of enhancing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA in different fields and discussing current issues of mutual interest,” it added.
The statement noted that the “IAEA’s inspectors are permitted to service the identified equipment and replace their storage media which will be kept under the joint IAEA and AEOI seals in the Islamic Republic of Iran”, adding that “the way and the timing are agreed by the two sides”.
Grossi arrived in Tehran to meet with Eslami in the Iranian capital on Sunday.
The agenda of the IAEA chief’s travel was not clear, but the trip comes after President Ebrahim Rayeesi warned the UN nuclear watchdog against the consequences of its “unconstructive” attitude towards Iran.
Iran’s representative to the international organizations in Vienna Kazzem Qaribabadi said on Saturday that Grossi will hold talks with Eslami, and afterward, the two sides will issue a joint statement.