FM Reiterates Need for Removal of All US Sanctions against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined the necessity for the US to lift all sanctions against Tehran, saying that any talks with the world powers should result in the restoration of the Iranian people’s rights.
“The 13th (Iranian) administration, at the beginning of its work, is engaged in internal consultations about how to continue the Vienna talks (on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal), but it welcomes negotiations that produce tangible results and meet the rights and interests of the (Iranian) people,” Amir Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his British counterpart Dominic Raab on Monday.
He added that Iran also expects all illegal sanctions that have been imposed on the country by the US and other Western states to be removed.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir Abdollahian criticized the wrong policies adopted by the United States and some Western countries on Afghanistan, saying that establishment of security and stability in the war-ravaged country depends on the formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all ethnic groups, promotion of dialogue, avoidance of violence, and adoption of practical ways to fight terrorism.
The top Iranian diplomat also expressed his country’s readiness to facilitate the dispatch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
Amir Abdollahian, meantime, stressed the importance of taking confidence-building steps by the UK government in order to resolve some outstanding problems in mutual relations, saying Tehran will welcome London’s “constructive and practical” measures in this regard.
Raab, for his part, expressed hope that Tehran and London would expand relations and interactions in various fields based on mutual understanding under the new Iranian government that took office last month.
He also reiterated his country’s commitment to repay its debt to Iran which is as much as £400m arising from the non-delivery of Chieftain tanks ordered by Iran's ousted monarch Mohammad Reza Shah.
Iran and the other five remaining parties to the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that is, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, have held six rounds of talks in Vienna to salvage the faltering agreement by bringing the US, as the violator of the deal, back into compliance.
In quitting the JCPOA in May 2018, the administration of former US President Donald Trump reinstated the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the accord, while mounting pressure on the country with new bans, as the other parties stood by and failed to protect Iran’s contractual benefits.
During his first televised address to the Iranian people, Iran's President Seyed Ebrahim Raeyeesi dismissed the idea of holding negotiations over the JCPOA revival under pressure, saying such tactics have never yielded the US and Europe any result.
“Negotiation and dialog have always been and will continue to be part of the instruments that are in the service of diplomacy. We do not balk at negotiation and dialog,” he said, adding, “But the Americans and the Westerners are after negotiation in conjunction with pressure. This is while negotiations are there to avoid pressure.”