Iranian Deputy FM Meets EU's Mora in Tehran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri Kani held a meeting with EU’s Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Enrique Mora in Tehran on Thursday.
Mora arrived in Tehran on Thursday to discuss bilateral issues and developments related to the nuclear deal with the Iranian officials.
On Thursday, he met and held talks with Baqeri Kani at the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Bilateral, regional, and international issues, including Iran-EU relations, the issue of Afghanistan, as well as negotiations to lift oppressive sanctions against Iran are on the agenda of the meeting.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that according to previous arrangements, Mora’s visit would take place on Thursday.
The visit follows consultations between the two sides on issues of mutual interest, including Iran-EU relations, Afghanistan, and the JCPOA, he added.
Earlier this month, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Iran does not pay attention to the oral messages and promises by the US and Europe, adding that only their practical moves and lifting of sanctions are important to the country.
“If there is real intention on the part of the other sides and all of them return to their commitments, Iran will return to its commitments as well,” Amir Abdollahian told reporters after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib in Beirut last Thursday.
“However, in this regard, the US oral messages are not our criterion,” he added.
“The unfulfilled promises of the three European countries are not our criterion. We will act in accordance with the other sides’ practical actions, the removal of the sanctions and their return to their commitments.”
Amir Abdollahian maintained that although Iran accepts negotiations as a principle, it only pays attention to talks that secure the Iranian nation’s rights and interests.
“In the nuclear agreement, Iran is the only country that remained committed until the very end and we will revive this approach if there is reciprocation from the other sides," he said.
Earlier, the top Iranian diplomat had urged Washington to release some of Iran’s blocked funds as a positive signal that would translate into tangible outcomes for the Iranian people, instead of constantly messaging Iran to come back into the Vienna talks.
“The Americans have been constantly looking for connections and sending messages [to Iran],” he said, adding, “If the Americans have the stated intention, they should release some of Iran’s blocked funds.”
The fate of the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was put in limbo after former US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from it in 2018 and reinstated harsh economic sanctions against Iran.
Following Washington's departure from the agreement, the remaining parties to the JCPOA have launched negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to revive the deal and bring the US back into full compliance with all of its contractual commitments.
However, the talks have been paused after the election of Ebrahim Rayeesi as Iran’s president, with the new administration declaring that Tehran will engage in talks that are only aimed at reaching tangible outcomes, particularly the removal of all US sanctions.
In the meantime, the European trio, France, Britain and Germany, have joined the US calls on Iran to resume the negotiations as soon as possible.