Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in New York cast doubt about seriousness of US President Joe Biden administration’s decision to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York on Saturday, Amir Abdollahian said that Iran’s new administration is “pragmatic” and considers negotiations as an important tool of diplomacy.
The Iranian foreign minister expressed his regret over non-compliance of the United States and three European countries involved in nuclear talks, including France, the UK and Germany to live up to their obligations under JCPOA.
He reiterated that practical and tangible results for Iranian people are of paramount importance with regards to returning to JCPOA talks.
The two sides also discussed bilateral issue and the latest situation in Afghanistan.
Describing that France is vehemently interested in expanding its relations with Iran, Le Drian, for his part, said that that recent phone talk between Iranian President Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron show the importance that the two sides attach to bilateral relations.
Le Drian agreed with the principled position of Iran on the need to form an inclusive government and prevent the spread of terrorist acts in Afghanistan and stressed the need to help refugees in Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.
In a relevant development earlier this week, Amir Abdollahian in a meeting with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis criticized Washington for its dishonesty in the nuclear deal talks, and called on the US to change its approach.
During the meeting held on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Amir Abdollahian referred to the stable and good ties between the two countries, saying, “We want to expand bilateral relations more than before and see the vast presence of Swiss firms in Iran’s economic and development projects. There are many grounds for developing relations between the two countries.”
Fortunately, there are good frameworks for strengthening relations between the two countries. In this regard, it is appropriate to hold a joint economic commission soon, the top Iranian diplomat emphasized.
Explaining the Islamic Republic of Iran’s position on the Vienna talks and the JCPOA, the Iranian foreign minister said, “Unfortunately, the Americans have not been and are not honest in the nuclear negotiations. Washington has no choice but to completely reconsider its approach and behavior. It is essential that both the Americans and the European parties show the necessary flexibility for the future negotiations to have tangible results.”
Source: Fars news agency