• Mon / 15 November 2021 / 12:49
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IAEA chief to visit Tehran soon: Khatibzadeh

IAEA chief to visit Tehran soon: Khatibzadeh

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi will visit Iran soon.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh said, “Grossi has close relations with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UN office in Vienna”.

“Grossi has been invited to travel to Tehran and he is scheduled to meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and the head of the AEOI, Mohammad Eslami,” he added.

Khatibzadeh refused to give details on the release of 3.5 billion dollars of Iran’s frozen funds abroad, referring to sanctions-related concerns.

He also announced that Iranian President’s especial envoy for Afghanistan, Hassan Kazemi Ghomi has traveled to Kabul today to meet with senior Taliban officials and discuss various issues including regional developments, refugees, humanitarian aid, the formation of an inclusive government, and especially economic issues.

“Currently, Afghan people face serious issues including economic and livelihood problems and we are trying afghan people feel the least impact of recent developments in Afghanistan and the catastrophic withdrawal of the United States from the country,” Khatibzadeh said.

“The growth of extremism and terrorism which is embodied in the worst form in attacking worshipers was a source of great concern for Iran and must be addressed by the caretaker government in Afghanistan,” he stressed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman pointed to the role of Syria as one of the important actors in the Arab world, saying that today, some countries have accepted the fact that normalization relations with Syria are in the interest of all nations in the region.

“Iran not only welcomes this process but also makes every effort to accelerate the resumption of relations between Syria and other Arab countries in the region,” Khatibzadeh emphasized.

Referring to the Turkish Foreign Minister's visit to Tehran, Khatibzadeh said, “Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will meet with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as well as Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi on Monday to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues”.

“Our main focus in this visit is on economic relations, border issues and management of shared water resources,” he added.

Referring to the dam on the Tigris river (newly inaugurated Turkey's Ilisu Dam), Khatibzadeh said, “All downstream countries are affected by every decision at the regional and local level”.

He stressed that everyone must think globally and decide jointly to tackle environmental and human issues.

Regarding US President Joe Biden's statements on reducing oil purchase from Iran, Khatibzadeh stated, “Washington has tried to isolate Iran from the global market, but it has achieved lesser results every day. That's because of the Iranian elite youth who see no barricades against themselves and the Americans would never catch up with them”.

He added that Iran is closely watching whatever Biden does and says and that Iran would move Vienna talks forward and ask for assurances on this basis.

Asked about the Iranian deputy foreign minister's recent tour to European countries including the UK, Khatibzadeh said that most of the Tehran-London discussions were focused on bilateral issues.

“The issue of paying off Iran’s debt by the London government is one of the permanent topics of negotiations between the two countries,” he added.

The spokesman emphasized that several times this issue has been postponed under different pretexts, however, it must be paid off by the British government.

Regarding upcoming nuclear talks in Vienna, Khatibzadeh said, “Our focus in Vienna talks is lifting all illegal sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran. The positions of Tehran towards the Vienna talks are clear, the sanctions must be lifted effectively, and this must be verified and guaranteed”.

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