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2022-May-15  13:34

Top Diplomat: Iran Favors Lasting Agreement in Vienna

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's top diplomat Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a phone conversation with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias underlined that his country wants a sustainable and good deal in Vienna.

Iran is determined to reach a good and lasting agreement on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, Amir Abdollahian said during the phone talks on Saturday night.

During the conversation, the two officials also discussed Tehran-Athens relations.

Amir Abdollahian said that the two countries have numerous capacities to expand their trade and economic cooperation.

Dendias, on his part, stressed the importance of developing relations between the two countries.

Amir Abdollahian said on Friday that Tehran and the G4+1 group of countries (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) still have the opportunity to reach a “good and reliable” agreement if the US makes the necessary decision and honors its commitments.

He made the remarks after his phone conversations with European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell and meetings with his deputy Enrique Mora in Tehran.

Mora, who was in Tehran on a two-day visit this week, met with Amir Abdollahian and Iran's top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani. 

During the meetings, they discussed efforts to salvage the deal, which has been on life support since the US withdrawal in 2018.

The US administration, under former President Donald Trump, unilaterally left the nuclear deal in May 2018 and launched a maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic, despite the latter’s full adherence to its commitments under the deal.

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks between Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia -- have been held in the Austrian capital to bring the US back into the Iran deal. The Vienna talks, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal from the deal.

Talks have been on hold since March as the US insists on its refusal to undo past wrongs, including removal of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its foreign terrorist organization list.

Throughout the negotiations in Vienna, Iranian negotiators have been insisting on getting firm guarantees for a proper implementation of the nuclear agreement.

Borrell said the latest visit by Mora had "gone better than expected" and expressed optimism about negotiations.

"The negotiations had stalled and now they have been reopened," Borrell told reporters on the sidelines of a G7 meeting in Germany. "There is a perspective of reaching a final agreement."