France's president calls Iranian counterpart to discuss Vienna talks after 1st meeting over

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has called Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi to discuss the situation of the ongoing talks on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions in the Austrian capital city of Vienna, soon after the first meeting between participants ended and they agreed to put the focus on the removal of sanctions.

During the Monday call, which took one and a half hours, the two sides discussed the current situation of Iran’s nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and exchanged viewpoints on ways of reaching an optimal agreement through Vienna talks.

The French president’s phone call came after the end of the first meeting of the seventh round of Vienna talks earlier the same day during which, according to Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Baqeri-Kani, all participants in the first meeting of the seventh round of talks have agreed that removing sanctions must be the main focus of negotiations.

Iran’s negotiator said all parties agreed that focus of the talks should be removal of sanctions imposed on Iran after the US' unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

"I believe that this is a great achievement that all member states of the P4+1 group accepted Iran's rightful request and emphasized that the state of the US regime's illegal sanctions against our people must be clarified first and then other issues be discussed," he added.

“During the meeting, we emphasized that the main factor behind the current conditions is actions taken by a country, which left the agreement in violation of the accord and the United Nations Security Council resolution [that upheld it], and also reinstated past sanctions [on Iran] in contravention of international laws and regulations while imposing new sanctions as well,” Baqeri-Kani said.

In a Monday article, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the main goal pursued in the new round of Vienna talks is removal of all sanctions imposed on Tehran, adding that the Islamic Republic will not accept any requests beyond the scope of the deal.

“The main goal of these negotiations is the restoration of the rights of the Iranian nation and removal of all the sanctions imposed unilaterally and extraterritorially on Iran by the United States, which is no longer a party to the JCPOA,” Iran’s top diplomat added.

Before the talks began on Monday, Russia's ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said in a tweet that despite problems that surround multilateral negotiations in the Austrian capital, there is no other acceptable alternative but to take negotiations to a successful end.

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