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2022-June-28  19:55

Iranian FM: Agreement Possible without US Excessive Demands

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that talks aimed at the removal of sanctions would lead to an agreement if the US refrains from raising excessive demands.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to reach a good, reliable, and lasting agreement if the Americans avoid excessive demands, Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara on Monday night.

During the meeting, he conveyed the greeting of the Iranian President to Erdoğan and renewed his invitation to him to travel to Iran to attend the Iran-Turkiye Joint Economic Cooperation Commission.

Amir Abdollahian underlined Iran's readiness to promote economic and trade relations with Turkiye at a favorable level.

He also elaborated on the principled view of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Syria, declaring the country's readiness to facilitate talks to reduce security concerns in the Arab country. 

Elsewhere, Amir Abdollahian referred to the Zionist regime’s moves in certain regional countries and Iran's neighbors, saying that the Zionist regime's presence in the region has brought nothing but sedition and insecurity.

Erdoğan, for his part, considered Palestine as an important issue in the Islamic world, and stressed the need for unity in the Islamic world in this regard.

Developments in Afghanistan, the situation in Iraq, the Astana process, fighting terrorism, and political solutions to the region's problems were other topics discussed during this meeting.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday that talks between his country and the world powers are set to resume in a Persian Gulf state soon, reminding that there won't be any direct talks between negotiators of Tehran and Washington.

The date and the place of the negotiations are almost confirmed, Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

One of the countries in the Persian Gulf will host talks and the negotiations will kick off in the coming days this week, he added.

Noting that the upcoming talks will be indirect, Khatibzadeh said that the negotiations will not include the nuclear dimension and only the matters of dispute will be discussed.

Appreciating the facilitating role of EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell during his visit to Iran, he said that the visit was suggested by the Iranian foreign minister.

Saying that Borrell conveyed the views of the US to the Iranian side, Khatibzadeh stated that the US has pledged to be committed to the JCPOA and Resolution 2231, and guaranteed the interests of Iran.

“I can confirm that some agreements on the content and the form on both issues have been reached, but it remains to be seen whether the Americans will show in practice that they will pass on Trump's legacy and be a responsible member,” he added.

Noting that the US has shown how unreliable it is and does not adhere to what it signs and commits, Khatibzadeh said, "We proceeded to these negotiations with determination and seriousness, assuming no definite trust with the American side. The greatest guarantee for our nation is their own capabilities. The other side withdrew once and saw that we are not taking a step back in any area and we can take more steps. If we do not take further steps today, it is because we do not want to, not because we cannot."

Amir Abdollahian said on Saturday that final deal with the world powers in Vienna talks is possible if the other side reciprocates Iran's seriousness and willingness.

“(I ) Met Josep Borrell in Tehran. Fruitful talks on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues, including the latest on the sanctions lifting negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page after meeting with Borrel in Tehran.

“A final deal is within reach, if other parties have the will to do so. Iran is resolute on reaching a good, strong and durable deal,” he underlined.

In recent months, Iran has cited Washington’s indecisiveness as the reason behind the protraction of the Vienna talks with the world powers, as a number of key issues remain unresolved, ranging from the removal of all post-JCPOA sanctions to the provision of guarantees by the American side that it will not leave the deal again.

In 2019, Iran started its retaliatory remedial measures by reducing its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal after the European parties to the deal — France, Germany and Britain — failed to fulfill their commitments to Tehran by confronting the unilateral US sanctions.

Tehran began to gradually remove a cap set in the JCPOA on its nuclear activities at bi-monthly intervals. At the time, Tehran insisted if the Iranian economy was shielded from sanctions, it would reverse its nuclear decision.

On Saturday, Amir Abdollahian and Borrel confirmed that Tehran and the world powers will resume the Vienna talks on the removal of the US sanctions in coming days.

Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran is ready to resume the stalled talks with the G4+1 countries (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna. 

He made the remarks on Saturday in a joint press conference with Borrell in Tehran over the removal of the sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"We are ready to resume the Vienna talks within the next days," Amir Abdollahian said.

He expressed the hope that the US would "this time" pursue a "realistic and fair approach" and act responsibly.

The Iranian foreign minister said he held "detailed, precise and deep" talks with Borrell on the JCPOA revival negotiations, adding, "We are going to break the stalemate in the Vienna talks and end the tension that has existed in recent days."

Borrell, for his part, said talks on reviving the JCPOA will resume soon in the coming days.

"We are expected to resume talks in the coming days and break the impasse. It has been three months and we need to accelerate the work. I am very happy about the decision that has been made in Tehran and Washington," he said.