Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell discussed Iran’s nuclear deal and latest developments in Afghanistan.
Zarif exchanged views with the EU foreign policy chief in a phone call on Wednesday.
Talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), began in early April by bringing all original parties, especially the US, back into compliance with the deal, three years after Washington withdrew from the accord and tried to sabotage it.
So far, six rounds of negotiations have been held in the Austrian capital, as a result of which, according to participants, “significant progress” has been made in the course of the “constructive” and “businesslike” talks.
However, disagreements have persisted over a number of issues, including how to sequence the US sanctions removal, with Tehran arguing that since Washington was the party that violated the terms of the agreement, it should take the first step back into compliance with the deal by removing its unilateral sanctions.
From Tuesday to Wednesday, Foreign Minister Zarif had separate telephone conversations with his counterparts from Pakistan, Turkey, Oman, Kuwait, Azerbaijan, Qatar, Iraq, Cuba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Togo, and India to congratulate the auspicious occasion of the Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice), marked on July 30, and also discuss major bilateral issues and regional developments.
Zarif sympathizes on terrorist bombing in Baghdad’s Sadr City
In his telephone conversation with Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on Tuesday evening, the Iranian top diplomat sympathized with the Iraqi people and government on the fatal incident that took place on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up among crowd killing at least 35 and injuring dozens more in a crowded market in Baghdad’s Sadr City on the eve of Eid-al-Adha.
Zarif, Indian FM discuss Afghanistan
In his phone call with Foreign Minister of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday morning, the Iranian top diplomat discussed bilateral ties as well as important regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.
Later on Wednesday, the Indian foreign minister in a tweetted message described his talks with Zarif as “productive”.
"Good to talk to Iranian FM @JZarif. A productive conversation on our ties," Jaishankar tweeted.