Spokesman: Brussels Meeting Aimed at Discussing Grounds for Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that the upcoming visit of the country's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri Kani to Brussels will be solely for the purpose of continuing talks with Deputy EU Foreign Policy Chief Mora on issues pertaining to the Vienna talks.
Khatibzadeh's remarks came following some misunderstandings from the remarks of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Sunday's closed session of the parliament regarding the start of negotiations between Iran and the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, France and the UK plus Germany).
"As previously announced, the visit of Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri Kani to Brussels will be solely for the purpose of continuing talks with Deputy EU Foreign Policy Chief Enrique Mora based on the agreement reached in Tehran," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said.
The visit to Brussels by Baqeri Kani is aimed at exchanging the views of the new Iranian administration with the EU on the conditions and issues pertaining to the Vienna talks on removal of sanctions against Iran and revival of the nuclear deal.
In a relevant development on Sunday, Baqeri Kani in a meeting with Secretary-General of the Austrian Foreign Ministry Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal strongly criticized the passive approach by the three European countries (France, the UK and Germany) in fulfilling their obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Europe failed to comply with its obligations," Baqer Kani said during the meeting.
The fifth round of political talks between Islamic Republic of Iran and Austria was held in Tehran co-chaired by Baqeri Kani and Launsky-Tieffentha.
During the meeting, Baqeri Kani pointed to the age-old history of relations between the two countries of Iran and Ausutria and termed it as a valuable asset.
Emphasizing Iran’s adherence to its obligations under the JCPOA, the Iranian deputy foreign minister said, “Although Europe did not withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal, after withdrawal of the United States from this important international agreement, it (Europe) did not take effective and practical action within the framework of its obligations under JCPOA."
Peter Launsky-Tieffentha, for his part, said that mutual respect and understanding has institutionalized the will to cooperate by the two countries.
Referring to the high capabilities and potentials of the two countries in enhancing economic ties, he emphasized presence of Austrian firms for having active presence in the Islamic Republic of Iran.