Iran's senior negotiator attends meetings with E3 diplomats in UAE

Ali Bagheri Kani, deputy foreign minister for political affairs in Iran, has met and discussed with officials from the three European countries that signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the formal name of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Iran (IMNA) - Bagheri Kani, who also serves as Iran's senior negotiator, wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he had met with his counterparts from the UK, France, and Germany in Abu Dhabi to discuss "a range of issues" and to share ideas.

The senior diplomat wrote in a Persian-language post that "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."

In an additional tweet from earlier that day, Bagheri Kani disclosed his visit to the UAE, where he will meet with Emirati authorities to discuss deepening bilateral ties and going over regional concerns.

"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 officials of this country," he said.

Bagheri Kani stated that he had an extended conversation with visiting United Arab Emirates Minister of State Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar two weeks earlier in Tehran.

Nasser Kanani, a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, stated during a press conference on Monday that Tehran has never given up on diplomatic attempts to get the harsh penalties placed on it after the US withdrew from the nuclear agreement.

He said that the Iranian leadership "has never walked away from the negotiating table and has demonstrated its readiness to engage in serious and substantive negotiations in order to reach a resolution."

By agreeing to the JCPOA with six major states in 2015, Iran demonstrated to the world the benign nature of its nuclear program. The deal's survival, however, is uncertain following Washington's withdrawal in May 2018 and its subsequent reimposition of sanctions against Tehran.

Since last August, multilateral diplomatic attempts to resurrect the JCPOA have stopped. Iran accuses the United States of failing to provide assurances that it won't withdraw from the agreement once more.

Iran has frequently said that the JCPOA might be revived if the US and other signatories to the accord had the motivation to do so, but they have also warned that this possibility won't continue indefinitely.

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