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16 August 2023 - 12:41
Iran-IAEA cooperation on right track: FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahain in a telephone conversation with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are cooperating in the right path, and criticized the EU for continuation of sanctions as a non-constructive approach.

Amirabdollahian and Borrell discussed and exchanged views on some topics of mutual interest, including the Niger crisis, the Ukraine war, the relations between Iran and the European Union, as well as the removal of sanctions.

Amirabdollahian considered the recent release of Iranian funds in South Korea as a positive development and said that in the case of the other parties' serious will, the return to agreement and their commitments is within reach.

The top Iranian diplomat also pointed to the cooperation between Iran and the IAEA, and said, "Now both sides are on the right path of cooperation."

Criticizing the European Union's non-constructive approach in terms of the continuation of the ineffective policy of sanctions, the Iranian foreign minister noted, "Sanctions are an unfriendly measure in the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Europe."

He further told Borrell that "the continuation of the current situation is not in the Europe's interest".

Amirabdollahian went on to express his concern about the ongoing crisis in Niger, stating that "we are closely following the developments in that country". 

"We emphasize the importance of the rule of law in Niger and, definitely the need for avoiding any military intervention. In the meantime, we consider the blockade on Niger to be a factor for deepening the people's problems," he added.

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