Iran's chief negotiator holds talks with E3 counterparts in UAE
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani has met and conferred with diplomats from the three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Bagheri Kani, who is also Iran's chief negotiator, said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he had held talks and exchanged views on “a range of issues” with his British, French and German counterparts in the emirate capital of Abu Dhabi.
"Following diplomatic consultations with regional and extra-regional parties, we met with our German, French and English counterparts in Abu Dhabi and discussed a range of issues and mutual concerns," the senior diplomat wrote in a Persian-language post.
Earlier in the day, Bagheri Kani announced in another tweet that he had traveled to the UAE to discuss expanding bilateral cooperation and reviewing regional issues with the Emirati officials.
"In the framework of strengthening the neighborhood policy and in line with the continuation of political consultations with the neighbors, I traveled to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the promotion of bilateral cooperation and review regional issues with the officials of this country," he said.
Bagheri Kani added that he also had held detailed talks with visiting Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar two weeks a go in Tehran.
Iran proved the peaceful nature of its nuclear program to the world by signing the JCPOA with six world powers in 2015. However, Washington’s exit in May 2018 and its subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran left the future of the deal in limbo.
Multilateral diplomatic efforts to revive the JCPOA have been stalled since last August, with Iran blaming the United States for failing to guarantee that it will not leave the deal again.
Former US president Donald Trump pulled out of the UN-endorsed agreement in May 2018 and imposed what he called “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran.
Iran has repeatedly announced that the JCPOA revival is possible if the US and the European signatories to the agreement have the will to reach that aim, warning that the opportunity will not last forever.