News ID: 321740
Published: 0119 GMT May 20, 2022
‘Vienna agreement within reach if U.S. acts logically’

Iran FM: Tehran backs diplomatic efforts to settle Ukraine’s conflict

Iran FM: Tehran backs diplomatic efforts to settle Ukraine’s conflict
IRNA
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Political Desk

The Iranian foreign minister said based on its excellent ties with Russia, the Islamic Republic backs any diplomatic effort to resolve Ukraine’s conflict and is ready to act as a mediator between Moscow and Kyiv.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Thursday phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, adding Iran is against resorting to wars and sanctions as tools to resolve such problems, mfa.gov.ir reported.

He said Tehran supports the declaration of a cease-fire in Ukraine and a return to the negotiating table by both sides.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24.

The United States and its allies have stepped up military support for Ukraine, sending an array of sophisticated weapons meant to hold off Russia’s rapid advances. The operation has also drawn unprecedented sanctions from the United States and its European allies.

Moscow has repeatedly warned that such a flow of weapons to Kiev will prolong Russia’s operations.

 

Agreement prerequisite

 

Turning to the Vienna talks on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, Amir-Abdollahian said if the United States acts “logically”, an agreement would be within reach.

He called on the other sides in the talks to put forward their initiatives to this end.

Amir-Abdollahian expressed Tehran’s willingness to reach a “good”, “strong” and “lasting” agreement while observing the Islamic Republic’s red lines in the talks, praising Russia for its positive stance and support for the achievement of an agreement that is acceptable to Iran.

Describing ties with Tehran as important, the Russian foreign minister stressed that Moscow will continue its support and efforts to make sure that a fair agreement would be reached in Vienna that safeguards Iran’s demands.

Lavrov commended Iran for its constructive role in the resolution of Ukraine’s crisis, while censuring the unconstructive stances of the United States and the West toward the issue.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the ‎‎world powers in July 2015 accepting to put some curbs on its nuclear ‎‎‎program in return for the removal of ‎‎the sanctions on Tehran. However, former president Donald Trump ‎‎‎pulled the United States out of the ‎agreement in ‎May 2018 and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on ‎‎‎Tehran, prompting Iran to, after a year of strategic patience, ‎reduce some of ‎its nuclear commitments under the agreement in retaliation. ‎

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital between Iran and the ‎‎‎‎‎remaining JCPOA parties to revive the deal. ‎

Iran insists on obtaining guarantees that the succeeding U.S. governments would not drop the deal again ‎‎‎‎‎and calls for lifting the sanctions in a verifiable manner. ‎

 

India invitation

 

In another phone conversation with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Friday, Amir-Abdollahian hailed the good relations between Tehran and New Delhi, stressing the significance that the Islamic Republic attaches to the bilateral ties.

The top Iranian diplomat said cooperation between Iran and India is in line with the development of all-out relations.

The Indian foreign minister expressed hope that the already favorable bilateral ties would further grow.

Jaishankar also invited his Iranian counterpart to visit India for talks with the South Asian country’s senior officials, which was welcomed by Amir-Abdollahian. 

 

 

   
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Resource: mfa.gov.ir
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