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Iran, France Hold Talks on Ways to Save the Nuclear Deal

TEHRAN – Iranian and French experts have engaged in intensive talks to save an international nuclear deal, which may have collapsed since last year’s withdrawal from the United State, Press TV reported Tuesday.
The ten-hour meeting was chaired Monday by Iran’s deputy minister of political affairs, Abbas Araqchi, who headed a political-economic delegation in the French capital, Paris.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, both sides discussed the details of President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to save the nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA), following phone calls with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.
Macron’s plan – which he separately discussed in detail with US President Donald Trump and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif – would have included a “relaxation” of economic sanctions against Tehran in exchange for certain responsibilities.
The initiative, according to a previous Bloomberg report, will allow Iran to sell certain quantities of oil in exchange for the full implementation of the JCPOA.
Araqchi’s visit to Paris follows several telephone conversations between Rouhani and Macron, as well as two visits from Zarif to Paris for talks, the second round of which took place on the sidelines of the G7 summit last month.
Ali Rabiei, spokesman for the Iranian administration, commented Monday on the diplomatic process between Tehran and Paris: “In recent weeks, there have been serious negotiations” between Rouhani and Macron, as well as discussions with other European countries.
“Fortunately, in many areas, our points of view have come closer,” he told a presser.
Macron – who took the lead in Europe’s efforts to save the JCPOA and sought to mediate between Iran and the United States – said on Saturday that France would continue its efforts towards a de-escalation of the Iranian file, stating that this would lead to solutions at the regional level.
During the conversation, Rouhani reiterated Iran’s position on the nuclear deal, saying Tehran would continue to reduce its commitments under the agreement, to force other parties to meet their own obligations.
After his talks in France, Mr Araqchi visited the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where he has to meet separately with his Slovenian counterpart, as well as with other senior political and economic leaders in the European country.
During his stay in Ljubljana, the Iranian diplomat will deliver a speech at an international forum. He will meet with officials from other participating countries on the sidelines of the event.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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