EU FMs to Convene in Brussels on May 28 over JCPOA

EU FMs to Convene in Brussels on May 28 over JCPOA

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The EU foreign ministers will meet in the Belgian capital, Brussels, on May 28 to discuss the latest developments around the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, a few weeks after US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull his country out of the agreement.

“The (Foreign Affairs) Council will provide an opportunity to reaffirm the EU’s unified view and position in support of maintaining this agreement and to signal our determination to do everything possible to preserve it, as long as the Iranians uphold their commitments in this area,” according to a statement by France Diplomatie on Saturday. 

It added, “The EU is determined to protect its interests and those of its businesses and investors in the face of the extraterritorial effect of US Sanctions”.

“This discussion will also provide an opportunity to reaffirm the need to address the ballistic missile and regional issues within the framework of a comprehensive approach to Iran”.

A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) took place in Vienna on 25 May 2018 upon the request of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to review the implications of the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA on May 8 and discuss the way forward to ensure the continued implementation of the deal in all its aspects.

Under the terms of the JCPOA, the Joint Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the nuclear deal.

The Joint Commission, chaired, on behalf of EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, by EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid, was attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at the level of Political Directors/Deputy Foreign Ministers.

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