Paris is concerned about Tehran’s program … and Berlin urges it to fully cooperate
Tuesday – 12 Rajab 1442 AH – February 23, 2021 AD Issue No. [
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with his European counterparts in Brussels yesterday (EPA)
London: “Asharq Al-Awsat”
Paris expressed its concern about the situation regarding the Iranian nuclear program, while Berlin urged Iran to “fully comply, cooperate and fully transparent” with the International Atomic Energy Agency, while Moscow welcomed the “positive contribution” of the IAEA director’s visit to Tehran.
The French Foreign Ministry said that Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his European Union counterparts, during a meeting in Brussels, that the situation regarding Iran’s nuclear program was “worrying”.
In his speech to the Conference on Disarmament sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for saving the nuclear agreement signed by Iran in 2015 with world powers, and said that it is in Tehran’s interest.
Maas said that Germany expects Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, in an implicit reference to discussions that took place in Tehran between the Director-General of the International Agency, Rafael Grossi, and Iranian officials, regarding the continuation of the safeguards agreement for 3 months, despite Iran’s suspension of the additional protocol. Maas indicated that the administration of US President Joe Biden was ready to rejoin the agreement. He added, “It is in Iran’s interest to change course now before the agreement is damaged beyond repair,” according to “Reuters”.
Meanwhile, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell expressed “cautious optimism” about the prospects for reviving negotiations aimed at saving the Iranian nuclear deal, after the interim agreement between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
After a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Borrell said, “The interim agreement reached between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency provides the agency with an adequate level of inspection and monitoring in the coming months and gives an opportunity to revive the diplomatic track.”
Borrell, who is also coordinating the work of the joint committee of the 2015 agreement, hopes to bring all the parties involved in it together around the negotiating table. He declared that “vigorous diplomatic contact is taking place, including with the United States.”
“I am cautiously optimistic,” Borrell was quoted by the French Press Agency, but I am unable to guarantee a result at this stage, without giving further details about the content of the talks.
In Moscow, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said yesterday that Moscow welcomes Tehran to reach a temporary agreement on inspections of its facilities after the visit of the Director General of the International Agency.
The spokeswoman said in a statement that “the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran have made a positive, tangible contribution in providing conditions for the start of substantive talks between the current participants in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the United States regarding Washington’s return to the nuclear agreement,” adding that Moscow “welcomes these steps.”
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