News ID: 302724
Published: 1244 GMT May 03, 2021

Iran ready for talks with neighbors 'at any level': Khatibzadeh

Iran ready for talks with neighbors 'at any level': Khatibzadeh

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh voiced Tehran’s readiness on Monday for talks with its neighboring countries, including the Saudi Arabia, at any level.

Speaking in an online press conference, Khatibzadeh referred to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s last week regional tour to Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, saying that the trips had nothing to do with the ongoing talks in Vienna to fully restore the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

On the potential negotiations between Iran and Saudi Arabia to reestablish diplomatic ties between the two capitals, the spokesman told IRNA that the change in tone would contribute to de-escalation, but it wouldn’t bear practical results unless it leads to change in the behavior.

"We think that regional states and nations will see the results of such potential talks which are peace, stability and development," he stated.

Tehran and Riyadh are on opposing sides in conflicts from Syria to Yemen and have had strained relations since the kingdom cut diplomatic ties in 2016.

Last Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's crown prince struck a conciliatory tone toward Iran, saying he sought "good" relations, after sources said the two nations held talks in Iraq.

"Iran is a neighboring country, and all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with Iran," Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said in a television interview broadcast late Tuesday, AFP reported.

Asked during the presser about the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital to fully recover the JCPOA through a US return to the deal, Khatibzadeh said what is important to Iran is that the JCPOA must be fully honored by the other side.

“This is what we have made clear at the Joint Commission for all participants,” he said, hinting at the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018 as the first party that reneged its contractual commitments, Press TV wrote.

“As the Leader of the Islamic Revolution mentioned, we are neither in a hurry nor will we enter an attritional game,” he added.

Khatibzadeh said what is important to Iran is that the JCPOA must be fully honored by the other side.

Khatibzadeh explained that the US needs to remove all the sanctions that were imposed after the JCPOA went into force in early 2016, especially the Trump administration’s sanctions, which have affected Iran’s interests under Paragraph 29 of the JCPOA.

Iran then should be able to verify the removal of the sanctions, he stressed.

The spokesman noted the “good progress” made during the Vienna talks that began a month ago, saying both sides reached a “common understanding” in many fields, including the need for the US to remove all sanctions imposed on Iran’s various sectors.

“There are serious differences of opinion on sanctions against individuals and the US’s previous lists of individuals, but we must continue our dialogue within the framework of the Joint Commission,” Khatibzadeh added.

He also maintained that Iran’s position is based on a very firm legal and logical footing.



Resource: IRNA
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