Tehran’s nuclear… French President to his Iranian counterpart: The Vienna talks must be accelerated

French President Emmanuel Macron told his Iranian counterpart Ibrahim Raisi that the Vienna negotiations must be accelerated to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement in order to reach an agreement that lifts sanctions on Tehran, at a time when negotiations have stalled for some time in order to return to decision centers to take decisive political decisions.

The Elysee Palace said – in a statement after a phone call between Macron and my president on Saturday – that the French president stressed his conviction that a diplomatic solution is possible and inevitable, stressing that any agreement will require clear and sufficient commitments from all parties.

The statement added that “several months after the resumption of negotiations in Vienna, (Macron) stressed the need to accelerate in order to achieve tangible progress in this framework, and stressed the need for Iran to show a constructive approach and return to the full implementation of its commitments.”

Reuters had quoted a source in the French presidential palace that the nuclear negotiations with Iran are difficult, but there are indications that the agreement is possible, as he put it.

The French official added that the issue of providing guarantees and how to bring the Iranian nuclear program back under control still needs clarification.

During the call with his French counterpart, the Iranian president said that his country had demonstrated its seriousness and will to achieve an agreement during the Vienna negotiations.

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Raisi added that the opposite party must effectively lift the sanctions and provide real guarantees that can be relied upon, according to him, considering that the United States has admitted the failure of the policy of maximum pressure.

The Iranian presidency website also quoted French President Macron as saying that Tehran has the right to lose confidence in the United States because the American administration caused this crisis.

All parties to the Vienna negotiations agreed to suspend the nuclear negotiations, and the European Union coordinator for the Vienna negotiations, Enrique Mora, said that the participants in the Vienna negotiations will return to their countries for consultation, and that what is required is to reach political decisions.

Mora added that negotiations will resume later this week.

Iran is in talks to revive the agreement on its nuclear program signed in 2015, with the powers that are still affiliated with it (France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China). The United States is indirectly involved in it.

The Vienna negotiations began last April to revive the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, and after being suspended for about 5 months starting in June, they were resumed in late November 2021.

Tehran stresses the priority of lifting the sanctions that Washington re-imposed on it after its withdrawal from the agreement, and obtaining guarantees that the US withdrawal will not be repeated.

On the other hand, the United States and European powers focus on the importance of Iran’s return to fully respecting its commitments under the agreement, which it began to retract in 2019 in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal.

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