British minister to Al Jazeera: Western countries offered Iran to lift sanctions if it complied with the nuclear agreement
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James Cleverly, British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, said that Western countries offered Iran to lift sanctions, while Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi considered that his country had demonstrated its seriousness to reach an agreement during the Vienna negotiations.
During an interview with Al Jazeera on Sunday, the British minister said that time is running out, and that negotiations cannot continue forever.
He explained that the Western countries participating in the Vienna negotiations offered Iran to lift the sanctions if it complied with the nuclear agreement.
Cleverly called on Iran to take the ongoing talks in Vienna seriously and to stop enriching uranium immediately.
Speaking to Al Jazeera, the British minister added, “We appreciate the role that Qatar plays on the international scene.”
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Earlier, the Iranian presidency website said that Raisi confirmed, during a phone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, that his country had demonstrated its seriousness and will to reach an agreement during the Vienna negotiations.
He said that the United States admitted the failure of its maximum pressure policy towards Iran.
Raisi added that Washington must effectively lift sanctions and provide reliable guarantees that can be relied upon, as he put it.
As for the Elysee Palace, he said in a statement that Macron stressed during the call the need to accelerate efforts to achieve progress in the negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran, considering that any agreement would require clear commitments from all parties.
The French president also called on Iran to return to the full implementation of its commitments.
The European Union coordinator in the Vienna negotiations, Enrique Mora, announced the suspension of negotiations for a short period, to resume next week.
According to Mora, the participants will return to their capitals for consultation, noting that what is required at the present time is to take political decisions.