Discussing Iran-France relations, Raeisi, Macron reach path for dialogue

Ebrahim Raeisi, the president of Iran, has warned against politicization and unproductive behavior among the participants to talks to lift anti-Iran sanctions.

Raeisi said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed Tehran's complete compliance with its legal obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in a 90-minute phone conversation with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron on Saturday.

According to him, certain European countries misjudged how to approach the Iranian people and fell victim to misleading information disseminated by terrorist, separatist, and opposition organisations.

Avoiding meddling in other nations' internal issues and upholding the concept of national sovereignty were important to the Iranian president.

By inking the JCPOA with six nations—the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China—Iran demonstrated the benign character of its nuclear program to the world. But the deal's future was uncertain when Washington unilaterally withdrew in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In April 2021, talks in Vienna, the capital of Austria, began with the goal of lifting sanctions against Iran and determining how serious the United States was about rejoining the agreement.

The refusal of Washington to fully lift all of the sanctions and its unwillingness to provide the required assurances that it won't back out of the agreement have, however, put a stop to the negotiations since August 2022.

Mohsen Naziri Asl, Iran's permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna, made a statement during a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on June 7 in which he urged with the European governments to refrain from "provocative and unconstructive attitudes" toward the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program and work to resolve differences.

Raeisi and Macron also discussed measures to strengthen ties and the most recent regional developments.

The Iranian president drew attention to the issue in Ukraine while reiterating his nation's ironclad stance against going to war and stressing that negotiation would be the best course of action.

Macron, for his part, stated that Paris is eager to expand engagement with Tehran and urged the continuation of the formal conversations between the two sides in an effort to foster more communication.

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