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2021-December-6  16:46

FM: Iran Wants Good Agreement through Logical Talks with World Powers

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran’s aim in Vienna talks with the world powers is reaching a good agreement and removal of sanctions, and stressed Iran’s strong defense for its national security and territorial integrity.

"We are looking for a good agreement through solid, strong and logical negotiations," Amir Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mikdad in Tehran on Monday.

He reiterated Tehran's seriousness in the talks with the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna to secure the removal of sanctions, calling into question the seriousness of the western parties in the negotiations despite their rush for holding the Vienna talks. 

"The Westerners in the negotiations should have initiative and good faith. The new government's goal is to pursue the full removal of sanctions, and our goal at the Vienna talks is to secure the removal of the sanctions and get everyone back to their commitments," Amir Abdollahian said.

Elsewhere, the top Iranian diplomat said that Iran condemns the presence of foreign troops on the Syrian soil who are there without gaining the permission of the democratically elected Syrian government. 

He also pointed to the situation in Afghanistan and reiterated Iran's call for the formation of an inclusive government in the country.

He also pointed to the humanitarian aid Iran has given the Afghan people despite being under sanctions. 

Amir Abdollahian called on the ruling interim government in Afghanistan to pay more serious attention to security on the shared borders with Iran.

"An incidence happened a few days ago at one of our border points and our armed forces vigorously responded to that uncoordinated action," he said in a reference to skirmishes between Iranian armed forces with unknown armed men shooting at Iranian farmers and military checkpoints from the other side of the border in Afghan Nimruz Province.

"We formally protested against this limited border attack, and our armed forces dealt with these elements with might and immediately," he added.

Iran never shies away from defending its national security and preserving its territorial integrity, Amir Abdollahian said.

He also pointed to the occasional attacks by the Zionist regime on Syria, saying that the Zionist regime is the root cause of insecurity in the West Asian region.

He also pointed out that Syria is at the forefront of defending the Resistance that will not backtrack on defending its security.

Diplomats from Iran the G4+1 countries (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) gathered in Vienna on Monday for the seventh time, after a hiatus in the talks because of presidential election in Iran. Five days of intensive talks ended on Friday after the sides returned to the capitals for more consultations.

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani announced Thursday that Iran has submitted two proposed drafts to the other parties concerning the removal of sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments, and is about to put forward a third draft. 

The website of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said on Friday that the Europeans’ lack of initiative in the face of the Iranian team’s “groundbreaking” proposals is dragging down negotiations in Vienna.

Iran's top security body quoted Baqeri Kani as saying, "The first document sums up the Islamic Republic's point of view concerning the removal of sanctions, while the second is about Iran's nuclear actions."

"In the third document to be presented to the other parties, Iran will state its views and proposals with regard to the verification period of removing sanctions," he added.

The top Iranian negotiator also told reporters before his departure that the country's new delegation to this round of talks was comprised of economic, financial and banking experts and officials, which "showed the Islamic Republic's determination to enter the negotiations with the purpose of achieving an agreement."

Speaking to reporters on Friday before leaving the Austrian capital for Tehran, Iran’s lead negotiator said the G4+1 group of countries has been given the chance to consult with their capitals on the Islamic Republic’s two proposed drafts, underlining that Tehran expects a “reasonable, documented and rational” response.

"It was emphasized that the proposals of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the removal of illegal and oppressive sanctions and the nuclear issue are on the table," Baqeri Kani said.

"Since the opposite side needed to consult with their capitals to provide a documented and reasonable response to these proposals, it suggested that the talks be suspended for a few days."

The senior Iranian diplomat noted that a new round of negotiations between the two sides would resume in the middle of next week.

The JCPOA was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, but he failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal”.

Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.