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Good, sustainable accord to be finalized if US sees realities: Iran

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TEHRAN: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has underlined that a good and sustainable agreement having the support of all sides will be finalized in Vienna when Washington starts to be realistic. While Russia has received guarantees from US on its ability to trade with Tehran as part of ongoing talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

Amirabdollahian made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Reviewing the latest situation of Vienna talks between Iran and the 4+1 in the Austrian capital, Amirabdollahian described China’s approach as constructive.

Further, the foreign minister stressed the importance of developing relations with China.

Promotion of ties with China is among priorities of foreign policy of the Iranian government, he noted.

Amirabdollahian, who is now in Moscow, referred to his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and said the two discussed various issues.

The Iranian Foreign Minister arrived in Moscow on March 15 to discuss the Vienna talks which focuses on removal of the US sanctions against Iran with the Russian officials.

He is also to examine a number of other issues like the Astana meeting on Syria, the situation in Yemen, and the war in Ukraine with them.

As Amirabdollahian underlined, Russia supports removal of sanctions against Iran.

About the third foreign ministerial meeting of neighboring countries of Afghanistan in China, the foreign minister expressed readiness to welcome the host country invitation to take part in the event.

For his part, the Chinese foreign minister said he saw is no ceiling in boosting Beijing-Tehran ties as his country attaches importance to cooperation with Iran.

He also appreciated Iranian foreign minister for accepting invitation to attend the Afghanistan neighboring countries meeting.

About the Vienna talks, Wang Yi expressed China’s all-out support for the process of negotiations.

He further said China supports finalization of Vienna talks on lifting anti-Iran sanctions.

In the end, the two discussed other issues of mutual interest including international, regional, and bilateral ones.

Earlier, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, that “We received written guarantees. They are included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme.”

More than 10 months of talks in Vienna have brought major powers close to renewing the landmark 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on regulating Iran’s nuclear programme.

The negotiations halted after Moscow earlier this month demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed following its military operation in Ukraine would not damage its trade with Iran.

Lavrov said that the guarantees it had received from Washington would protect Russian involvement in Iran’s sole Bushehr nuclear energy plant.

The minister said Moscow and Tehran share the position that Western sanctions are imposed with the aim of overriding international law and accused Washington and its partners of directing the penalties “primarily against ordinary citizens”.

The 2015 deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The agreement aimed to ensure Iran would not be able to develop a nuclear weapon, which it has always denied seeking.

“Russia will not be an obstacle to reaching an agreement,” Iran’s Amir-Abdollahian said at the press conference with Lavrov.

“There will be no relation between Ukraine’s developments… and Vienna negotiations,” he said, referring to the ongoing conflict and talks on renewing the 2015 agreement.

He praised Russia’s “very positive and constructive role” in the talks and said Moscow would “stay beside the Islamic Republic of Iran until the end of the negotiations and reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement”.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign minister has said in a phone talk with his Omani counterpart on Monday that resolving the remaining issues in nuclear talks with the world powers depends on the American side’s will, as well as refraining from wasting time.

Amirabdollahian said that the Vienna talks have not ended, but in collaboration with the EU coordinator, a short halt has occurred in the course of the negotiations, and Iran’s top negotiator is seriously pursuing his efforts aimed at reaching a good, sustainable, and strong agreement.

“Resolving the remaining issues, which are among our redlines, depend on the will of the American side and their refraining from wasting time,” he reiterated.

Amirabdollahian further stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is serious in efforts to reach a good, reliable and strong agreement.

Result of bilateral agreement to be finalized, implemented soon

The Omani foreign minister, for his part, in the phone talk voiced his satisfaction over the excellent level of Tehran-Muscat ties, elaborated on some issues of mutual interest, and appreciated Iran’s logical stance on regional issues.

“The Sultanate of Oman has always believed in negotiation’s as the best way to resolve the disputed issues, paving the path of peace and friendship, and I am sure the result of our bilateral agreements will soon be finalized and implemented,” said Albusaidi.

The Omani foreign minister, meanwhile, focused on Vienna negotiations, and said he is very optimistic about reaching a final agreement, which will be to the benefit of not only every side involved in the negotiations, but also the region and the world.

The two foreign ministers also agreed in the phone talk on the need to continue Tehran-Muscat comprehensive consultations.

Earlier, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, that “We received written guarantees. They are included in the text of the agreement itself on the resumption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear programme.”

More than 10 months of talks in Vienna have brought major powers close to renewing the landmark 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on regulating Iran’s nuclear programme.

The negotiations halted after Moscow earlier this month demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed following its military operation in Ukraine would not damage its trade with Iran.

Lavrov said that the guarantees it had received from Washington would protect Russian involvement in Iran’s sole Bushehr nuclear energy plant.

The minister said Moscow and Tehran share the position that Western sanctions are imposed with the aim of overriding international law and accused Washington and its partners of directing the penalties “primarily against ordinary citizens”.

The 2015 deal gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme.

The agreement aimed to ensure Iran would not be able to develop a nuclear weapon, which it has always denied seeking.

“Russia will not be an obstacle to reaching an agreement,” Iran’s Amir-Abdollahian said at the press conference with Lavrov.

“There will be no relation between Ukraine’s developments… and Vienna negotiations,” he said, referring to the ongoing conflict and talks on renewing the 2015 agreement.

He praised Russia’s “very positive and constructive role” in the talks and said Moscow would “stay beside the Islamic Republic of Iran until the end of the negotiations and reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement”.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign minister has said in a phone talk with his Omani counterpart on Monday that resolving the remaining issues in nuclear talks with the world powers depends on the American side’s will, as well as refraining from wasting time.

Amirabdollahian said that the Vienna talks have not ended, but in collaboration with the EU coordinator, a short halt has occurred in the course of the negotiations, and Iran’s top negotiator is seriously pursuing his efforts aimed at reaching a good, sustainable, and strong agreement.

“Resolving the remaining issues, which are among our redlines, depend on the will of the American side and their refraining from wasting time,” he reiterated.

Amirabdollahian further stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran is serious in efforts to reach a good, reliable and strong agreement.

Result of bilateral agreement to be finalized, implemented soon

The Omani foreign minister, for his part, in the phone talk voiced his satisfaction over the excellent level of Tehran-Muscat ties, and elaborated on some issues of mutual interest and appreciated Iran’s logical stance on regional issues.

“The Sultanate of Oman has always believed in negotiation’s as the best way to resolve the disputed issues, paving the path of peace and friendship, and I am sure the result of our bilateral agreements will soon be finalized and implemented,” said Albusaidi.

The Omani foreign minister, meanwhile, focused on Vienna negotiations, and said he is very optimistic about reaching a final agreement, which will be to the benefit of not only every side involved in the negotiations, but also the region and the world.

The two foreign ministers also agreed in the phone talk on the need to continue Tehran-Muscat comprehensive consultations.

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