News ID: 277879
Published: 0314 GMT December 08, 2020

Zarif: Iran won’t negotiate with West on region, but open to talks with neighbors

Zarif: Iran won’t negotiate with West on region, but open to talks with neighbors
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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday ruled out talks with Western countries on the region due to their “interventions,” but noted that Iran stands ready for dialogue with its neighbors.

“It seems that some neighbors are asking the West to be part of the negotiation process with Iran,” Zarif said in an Arabic-language tweet on Tuesday.

“We do not negotiate with Westerners over the region. Their interventions are the root cause of the problems,” he pointed out.

Zarif, however, stressed that Iran is always ready for dialogue with its neighbors.

“We have translated it (our readiness for talks) into proposals, such as the 1986 regional security, the 2016 regional dialogue forum and the 2019 Hormuz Peace Endeavour (HOPE),” the top diplomat said.

The tweet came days after Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the Persian Gulf countries must be “consulted” before the United States revives a nuclear deal with Iran.

“Primarily, what we expect is that we are fully consulted, that we and our other regional friends are fully consulted in what goes on vis-à-vis the negotiations with Iran,” he told AFP on the sidelines of a security conference in Bahrain on Saturday.

The Saudi minister also said such consultation would be the only path towards a “sustainable” agreement.

The Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in 2015 between Iran and six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China — and was ratified in the form of UN Resolution 2231, Press TV wrote.

However, the US under President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated the anti-Iran sanctions that had been lifted by the accord.

Riyadh, which enjoyed cozy relations with the Trump administration, supported Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and its “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.

However, Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, has hinted at returning to the nuclear deal, which was inked when he was vice president.

The prospect of the US rejoining the JCPOA has terrified Saudi Arabia amid concerns that the Biden administration may reassess Washington’s ties with the kingdom.

Biden has vowed to end support for the Yemen war, penalize human rights violations and treat Saudi Arabia like “the pariah that they are.”

 

   
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