• Tue / 7 September 2021 / 12:44
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European troika should refrain from inaction in implementation of JCPOA: Iran FM

European troika should refrain from inaction in implementation of JCPOA: Iran FM

Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian holds his first session with foreign ambassadors to Tehran.

The meeting happened at the Foreign Ministry’s Shaheed Soleimani Building of the Political and International Studies Compound.

In the meeting, Amir Abdollahian rolled out Iran’s foreign policy and main priorities under President Ebrahim Raisi. He described the new Iranian administration’s foreign policy as balanced, active, dynamic and smart. Amir Abdollahian said, “We insist on sending a message to the world that our foreign policy will be balanced. Accordingly, a major priority for us will be our neighbors. There are no exceptions in this regard.”

He went on to say that another priority for Iran will be Asia, saying the continent has a special standing in the 21st century and the emerging economic powers have created new opportunities for Asia and the whole world.

He stressed that Iran has many friends and allies among its neighbors and in Asia, and “We pay special attention to these two axes in our foreign policy priorities. However, as Iran’s 13th government's foreign policy agenda suggests, our priority over neighbors and Asia does not mean ignoring the rest of the world, and focusing on Arab and Islamic countries, African countries, Latin America, and Europe and the West will be a component of our active and dynamic foreign policy.”

The foreign minister named the Coronavirus pandemic as one of the thematic priorities of President Ebrahim Raisi's administration, adding, "Apart from paying attention to the maximum production of domestic vaccines, we at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the cooperation of esteemed foreign ambassadors, succeeded in supplying large quantities of Covid vaccines. Also, due to the special and worrying situation in Afghanistan, we have not even neglected to pay attention to the more than 4 million refugees in our country, and we are pursuing the vaccination program of these Afghan guests in Iran."

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian foreign minister explained Iran’s position on the nuclear talks. He said, “The Iranian government considers negotiation as an effective tool of diplomacy and we will not distance ourselves from negotiations in any way. As I emphasized in my meeting with Mr. Erike Mora, we believe in negotiations and positively view them as an opportunity for diplomacy, but we believe that negotiations for negotiations’ sake will not benefit the Iranian nation and other sides.”

He added, "The US inflicted the main damage on the JCPAO [nuclear deal] and they are not only the accused, but also the main culprit in violating the agreement."

While emphasizing that Iran welcomes any negotiation that guarantees the rights and interests of the Iranian people, the foreign minister added, "We believe in wise and firm talks which would ensure the rights of the nation and we work actively in this regard."

Amir Abdollahian noted that Iran does not view inconclusive and time-consuming talks as useful for Iranians.

Iran’s top diplomat also spoke of the situation in Afghanistan. He said Iran is in touch with all countries involved and wants a broad-based government to be formed in Afghanistan with the participation of all Afghans. He voiced concern over the developments in Afghanistan as well as the growth of terrorism and drug trafficking there, saying, "Sending humanitarian aid is one of our priorities and despite the difficult conditions, we have tried to keep our border crossings open to send in aid and to keep doing business."

Amir Abdollahian also referred to the misunderstandings in bilateral relations with a few countries that have hampered smooth mobility and favorable diplomatic relations.

He stressed the importance of dialogue, saying, "We view dialogue with regional nations as a principle and consider regional talks as a serious way out of the current situation in the region.”

Noting that his first foreign trip as a minister was to attend a meeting in Baghdad, he said, “While we believe that foreign interference and efforts to resolve regional issues through military means are detrimental to the region, we also support any format that encourages intra-regional dialogue and whose outcome is in the interest of peace, stability and development in the region.”

He then turned to relations with Europe, emphasizing the opportunities for Europe and the West in the new Iranian government's balanced foreign policy. Amir Abdollahian noted that Europe is not just the troika.

The foreign minister also stated that the European troika should refrain from inaction in the implementation of the JCPOA. He also referred to the role of the United States in not lifting sanctions and denying the Iranian people the benefits of the deal.

Amir Abdollahian said the European troika is partly to blame for that.

He added, “This issue has been conveyed to the president and foreign minister of France during my recent visit to Iraq, as well as to my other counterparts in the European troika”.

The Iranian foreign minister stressed, "The European troika has the opportunity to review and change its approach to show its serious determination to interact with Iran. At the same time, we welcome other European countries and are ready to pursue active and dynamic relations with them in the form of a balanced foreign policy.”

“All continents and parts of the world will be of interest to us in this relationship", he pointed out.

Iran’s foreign minister also addressed the issue of Palestine. He said, "We still do not recognize the Zionist regime and we consider it as illegitimate and as the root-cause of insecurity in the region. The Islamic Republic of Iran has presented a clear plan to hold a nationwide referendum among the main inhabitants of Palestine, including Jews, Christians and Muslims, and to form a nation-state in Palestine based on the direct vote and opinion of all people in this land.”

In the final part of his remarks, Amir Abdollahian expressed his pleasure with the presence of foreign ambassadors. He announced the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s readiness to pursue and activate more bilateral relations and, if necessary, to coordinate with other ministries and the president for this purpose.

The foreign minister stated, President Raisi attaches special importance to foreign relations and to foreign policy and diplomacy, and welcomes any initiative that helps develop cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and all countries of the world.

Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman and president of center for public diplomacy Saeed Khatibzadeh welcomed foreign ambassadors and heads of foreign diplomatic missions in Iran.

He said, "Today's session is the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs’ first general meeting with diplomatic missions and comes as special developments are taking place in the region and across the world. Hence, the meeting is of special importance."

Also, Salah al-Zawawi, Palestine’s ambassador and the eldest foreign diplomat in Iran, on behalf of other diplomats in attendance, paid tribute to the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution and to the president, and thanked former foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for his political and diplomatic efforts. Zawawi also congratulated Amir Abdollahian on his appointment as foreign minister. He stressed that Amir Abdollahian was chosen for the post in light of the leader’s instructions given the difficulty of the task. Palestine’s ambassador described the Iranian foreign minister as a humble person and as highly capable in making friends for himself and the Iranian nation.

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