January 18, 2022

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Top Iranian, French negotiators meet in Vienna

Earlier, an informed source said that the Vienna draft was progressing when the French were not, but as soon as they returned, the slowing of the negotiation process was tangible.

He added that the French negotiating team did not play a constructive role in the negotiations, and mainly with conducting sabotage, the pace of progress in the talks had significantly slowed down.

It is the third meeting during the ongoing negotiations and before the joint JCPOA meeting.

The Iranian negotiating team headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani arrived in Vienna, Austria on Monday to resume the talks after a pause by other teams due to Christmas Eve.

Earlier today, speaking in his weekly press conference, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Iran’s attitude towards the talks was progressive, adding that it is intolerable for Iran that they waste the teams’ time and energy with useless news while having demands beyond the JCPOA from Iran and offering benefits less than what was agreed in the deal to Iran.

Khatibzadeh pointed out that Iran managed to reach two new documents after the 7th Round of Talks, adding that the two new documents on the nuclear issue and removal of sanctions were achieved through intensive talks as removal of sanctions will be particularly the goal of the negotiators.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has a progressive approach in the Vienna talks and we recommend the other parties to join Vienna talks with a determination to reach a good agreement,” He said.

Referring to the unconstructive role of certain European countries in the negotiations, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman underlined that if all parties come to the Vienna talks with the agenda that the talks will bear the result in the shortest possible time, outcome will be fruitful.

“I think that the three European countries know that it is expected from them to end lack of practicality and present their serious program for their return to their commitments under the JCPOA,” he added.

Khatibzadeh in response to a question by an IRNA correspondent who asked given the recent statements by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian to what extent is he hopeful and optimistic about reaching an agreement said that he is hopeful that the other parties would appreciate this opportunity.

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Original News : https://en.irna.ir/news/84592780/Top-Iranian-French-negotiators-meet-in-Vienna

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