News ID: 318024
Published: 1024 GMT November 18, 2021

Iran determined to expand relations with IORA states: FM

Iran determined to expand relations with IORA states: FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran is determined to expand relations with member states of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).

He made the remarks in a virtual address to the IORA’s 21st Annual Council of Ministers (COM) which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Referring to the IORA’s potentials in terms of economic cooperation, the Iranian top diplomat considered as “promising” the prospect of cooperation within the IORA framework.

"We are determined to expand our relations with this association,” Amir-Abdollahian said, stressing that the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and restoration of the country's rights will have positive economic and humanitarian impacts and also will, undoubtedly, lead to Tehran’s stronger and more effective presence in regional arrangements, including the IORA, Mehr News Agency reported.

The Iranian FM also referred to the challenges facing the world and Iran in the post-COVID era, noting the honorable people of Iran have struggled with the COVID-19 and its effects under the illegitimate and cowardly sanctions.

After abandoning the landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018, the US re-imposed anti-Iran sanctions which were lifted by the historic accord. JCPOA was signed between Iran and the p5+1, namely the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, in 2015.

The US former president Donald Trump launched what it called a maximum pressure campaign against Iran, targeting the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” restrictive measures.

Washington’s pressures and the other parties’ failure to fulfill their commitments prompted Tehran to retaliate and suspend parts of its own commitments under Article 36 of the deal.

However, Trump's successor Joe Biden signaled his readiness to return to the deal and has engaged in indirect negotiations.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – have held six rounds of talks in Vienna since April in order to revitalize the unraveling accord by bringing the US back to compliance three years after it withdrew from the pact and reimposed and reinforced sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

A new round of talks will resume in the Austrian capital on November 29.

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