TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Saturday discussed issues of mutual interest, including the upcoming Vienna talks and current developments in the region.
First, Lavrov inquired about the health of his Iranian counterpart after contracting the coronavirus.
Amir Abdollahian praised Russia’s constructive and positive stance on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program.
Referring to the agreement reached with the coordinator of the European Union nuclear deal Enrique Mora on the timetable for talks with the P4 + 1, the Iranian foreign minister stressed that the rapid progress of the talks requires that the European and American parties avoid making post-JCPOA requests. and adopt a realistic and constructive approach.
On November 3, Iran announced that it would resume negotiations in Vienna on November 29 for a possible revitalization of the JCPOA.
“During a phone call with @enriquemora_, we agreed to start negotiations aimed at lifting illegal and inhumane sanctions on November 29 in Vienna,” Ali Baqeri, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, tweeted on Wednesday.
Amir Abdollahian said Iran was studying the background and process of the previous negotiations in Vienna, and said Iran will vigorously pursue its demands in the upcoming negotiations.
The Iranian foreign minister stressed that there should be no doubt about the seriousness of the Iranian side in the talks and the need for all sides to return to their obligations.
Referring to the new US sanctions against Iran, Amir Abdollahian said that although Iran is skeptical of the Americans’ intentions, if they fully return to their obligations and do not make new demands, then Iran will come back. its JCPOA obligations and would implement all of them.
Emphasizing Iran’s constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Foreign Minister stressed the need for the IAEA chief to refrain from taking political positions, stressing that Iran will continue its technical cooperation with the IAEA.
The Russian Foreign Minister also stressed the importance of relaunching the 2015 nuclear deal, stressing that all parties, first and foremost the United States, must return to their commitments.
Lavrov also noted that Moscow has always stressed the need to stop the destructive actions of the United States against the JCPOA.
Six rounds of intensive negotiations have taken place to revive the JCPOA, but the illegal and illogical demands of the United States have hampered the negotiations and are bearing fruit.
“Humanitarian aid must be sent to Afghanistan soon”
During the telephone interview, the two sides also agreed on the need to send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan given the approach of the winter season. They also stressed the importance of forming an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
“The 3 + 3 format is beneficial for the Caucasus”
Amir Abdollahian also spoke about the latest developments in the South Caucasus and said Iran supports regional negotiations in the form of 3 + 3 (Iran-Russia-Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia) and other agreed formats to solve the problems of the South Caucasus and expand regional cooperation.