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Borrell: Iran talks will start again soon

Borrell: Iran talks will start again soon

The foreign minister flew to Iran on Friday, then said he had good hopes for breathing new life into the talks.

“Today we agreed to resume negotiations after this trip, and this also applies to talks between Iran and the United States in order to remove the last obstacles,” Borrell said at a press conference in the Iranian capital.

He met in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, who confirmed that negotiations can continue.

– We will try to solve our problems and differences through talks that will resume soon, says Amir Abdollahian.

Negotiations stopped

The previous agreement was concluded in 2015 between the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran. This means that Iran’s chances of enriching uranium were limited in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the country.

US President Donald Trump tore up the agreement in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions. Since then, Iran has repeatedly deviated from the agreement, but after Trump resigned, prospects for a new agreement brightened.

Earlier this year, Iran, France, Britain, China, Germany and Russia met in Vienna to try to reach a new agreement, but negotiations faltered.

Want to see sanctions lifted

Reviving the deal would mean that sanctions on Iran would be lifted and that it could resume its oil exports – a welcome welcome among many countries in the West who want to reduce their dependence on Russian oil.

Amir Abdollahian now says the requirement for continued negotiations is the lifting of sanctions under the 2015 agreement.

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We hope that the United States, in particular, this time will enter the negotiations with realistic and sincere intentions with the aim of reaching a new agreement.

On the US side, Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, stated on Twitter that “we remain committed to purposeful diplomacy in consultation with our European partners.”