In his telephonic conversation with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday night, Amir-Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s seriousness and goodwill to reach a deal in Vienna.
“Tehran has the goodwill and seriousness required for reaching an agreement,” Amir-Abdollahian told Borrell, calling for reciprocal measures from other parties to resume the stalled talks, Press TV reported.
The top diplomat referred to a recent visit to Tehran by Borrell’s deputy Enrique Mora, saying the trip featured discussions of some initiatives between the two sides.
Mora was in Tehran last week for talks with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani on efforts to salvage the deal which is known as JCPOA.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday said “serious and result-oriented negotiations” were held during his trip and “special initiatives” were put forward by Iran. The ministry’s spokesman said Tehran was waiting for Washington’s response to its proposals.
Borrell mentioned initiatives put forward by Iran during the Vienna talks, saying the parties are now “on the path of continuing negotiations and focusing on solutions”.
He said he was “hopeful” about the prospect of a “good result”, adding that the bloc is determined to continue efforts to close gaps between Iran and the United States.
Former US president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated economic sanctions that had been eased under the deal.
Since April last year, Iran and the remaining signatories to the landmark deal have been engaged in talks in the Austrian capital to revive the accord and seek a reversal of Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.
The latest round of talks has been stalled over Washington's refusal to respond to Tehran’s proposals.