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Published: 0252 GMT August 31, 2022
EU nuclear draft deal can be ‘reinforced’: FM

Iran is a peacemaker for Russia-Ukraine war

Iran is a peacemaker for Russia-Ukraine war

International Desk

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian took Tehran’s peace initiative to Moscow on Tuesday to try end the war between Russia and Ukraine.

His mission, as presidential aide Mohammad Jamshidi said on Wednesday, was to deliver an “important message”, Iran’s peace initiative to Russian officials.

Jamshidi tweeted that a senior Western European head of state asked President Raeisi to “help mediate” for the war in Europe. ISNA reported that French President Emanuel Macron had made the request. 

Before leaving Tehran for Moscow, Amir-Abdollahian said his visit would mainly focus on “trying to solve the crisis in Ukraine… as requested by certain western parties that want Tehran to play an active role in this matter”.

Speaking at joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Amir-Abdollahian said the two top diplomats “discussed the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the measures taken by Moscow to deal with possible damage”.

“We exchanged views on the situation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” he said, adding that Iran was “ready to provide assistance and share its nuclear experience in order to cope with the damage”.

France’s request for Iran’s mediation between Russia and Ukraine is a sign of European recognition of Tehran’s position and role in international relations. Tehran and Moscow have good relations, and now it seems that the Europeans are happy with their warm diplomatic relations, so that Iran could possibly help heal the wounds of the refugees and war victims. This is despite the fact that in the past few months, officials of several countries tried to persuade both sides to end the bloodshed but to no avail.

Iran is becoming a peace mediator while it has expressed its opposition to the war in Ukraine from the outset and has also voiced readiness to go between the warring sides.

On May 19, Amir-Abdollahian told Lavrov: “Based on its highly good relations with Russia, Iran supports any diplomatic effort to end the conflict in Ukraine and is ready to mediate and help resolve this crisis.”

In a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart on May 8, Amir-Abdollahian highlighted Iran’s efforts to end the war and said: “I had telephone conversations with Ukraine’s foreign minister three times about the developments in this country, and also expressed readiness for dialogue  on the issue twice during my meetings with Mr. Lavrov on the sidelines of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan in China, as well as during my trip to Moscow with the message of the Ukrainian foreign minister requesting a ceasefire. We will continue our efforts in this direction.”

The fact that France has resorted to Iran could mean that after witnessing several months of war, the Europeans have come to understand some of Russia’s concerns. This issue and the good relations between Tehran and Moscow may become important components for ending the war in Ukraine.


Iran suggests EU text be reinforced


In addition to the Iranian peace initiative, other bilateral and international issues were also on the agenda of the talks between of the two foreign ministers. According to Amir-Abdollahian, they exchanged views on the Astana process – a multilateral mechanism that aims to end the Syrian crisis – as well as developments in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

He also pointed to the talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Tehran remains “optimistic” about the lifting of sanctions imposed by the U.S. after unilaterally abandoning the deal, known as the JCPOA, in 2018.

“We need reliable guarantees to revive the JCPOA. We ask the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stay away from politics and act only within a technical framework. We are optimistic about the lifting of sanctions, and the goal of the Vienna talks is meant to reach a sustainable and lasting deal.”

Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that Iran would not accept new accusations against its nuclear case but noted that Tehran heeds IAEA’s safeguards issues.

The top diplomat suggested that the draft deal proposed by the European Union’s foreign policy chief can be “reinforced” for a better agreement.  

“If the U.S. acts realistically and we reinforce the current text, a deal cannot be out of reach,” he said.

Lavrov, for his part, said that Moscow supports the revival of the nuclear agreement and the complete lifting of sanctions.

He also said preparations for a comprehensive document on Russian-Iranian relations is in the “final stage” and that Russia is trying to set up a free trade zone with Iran.

The Russian foreign minister further announced that the Central Bank of Russia and the Central Bank of Iran will work on a “road map” to integrate the Russian “Mir” and Iranian “Shetab” payment banking systems.

Lavrov also said that Iran is ready to help resolve the situation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and its surrounding areas.



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