Amir Abdollahian, Borrell Discuss Iran-EU Ties, JCPOA, Afghanistan

Amir Abdollahian, Borrell Discuss Iran-EU Ties, JCPOA, Afghanistan

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and the European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, discussed a series of issues on Friday, including the relations between Tehran and the EU, the Vienna talks for the revival of the JCPOA, and the situation in Afghanistan.

The new Iranian foreign minister and the high representative of the European Union held a telephone conversation on Friday.

Congratulating Amir Abdollahian on taking office, Borrell expressed the European Union’s readiness to promote cooperation with Iran and said the participation of the EU’s representative in the inauguration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi signifies the union’s resolve to broaden the ties.

Highlighting the role of the European Union as the coordinator of the Vienna talks about revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, Borrell expressed hope that the new Iranian administration would announce its desired date for the next round of the Vienna meetings.

The top EU diplomat also referred to the developments in Afghanistan as a new challenge for the region and the world, stressing the need for serious cooperation to handle the issue of Afghan refugees.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister reaffirmed the country’s commitment to “constructive dialogue and interaction within the framework of balanced diplomacy”, describing the negotiations as a tool in exercising diplomacy.

“The negotiations that produce tangible and practical results and come with the fulfillment of the rights and interests of (Iranian) people would be acceptable to Iran,” Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian underlined.

He also made it clear that the Iranian administration is bound to carry out the Iranian Parliament’s law on the nuclear activities, emphasizing that the JCPOA parties must prove the real fulfillment of their commitment in the course of any negotiation.

Amir Abdollahian further said that the solution to the problems in Afghanistan will be the formation of an inclusive government that would reflect that country’s ethnic and demographic makeup, adding, “It is the Afghan people who must decide their future by themselves.”

Noting that Iran already hosts more than 3.5 million Afghan people, the foreign minister said the new wave of refugees fleeing Afghanistan is a serious issue whose settlement requires cooperation from other countries and international organizations.

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