Tehran supports result-oriented talks: FM to Borrell

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell have held a phone call to discuss the continuation of the Vienna talks on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

In the phone conversation on Saturday afternoon, the Iranian foreign minister expressed appreciation for Mr. Borrell's efforts to reach an agreement and criticized Washington's counterproductive and hasty action in drafting a resolution to the IAEA Board of Governors.

Amir-Abdollahian also said, "Tehran has always welcomed sensible and result-oriented negotiations, but in order to reach a good and lasting agreement, it is essential that the other side gives up its double standards and contradictory behaviors."

"After the resolution was issued at the IAEA Board of Governors, we showed that we will not retreat from our nation's rights, and if the US wants to continue its counterproductive behavior, it will face a proportionate response from us."

The Iranian diplomat stressed that "We still believe that diplomacy is the best and most proportionate path and solution."

"Iran has never distanced itself from the negotiating table," added Ami-Abdullahian, adding "For this reason, we have always presented important initiatives in the talks to reach a favorable agreement. But negotiations must yield results."

Joseph Borrell, for his part, expressed his willingness to continue playing a positive role in reaching a final agreement in the negotiations, saying that the way out of the current situation is to pursue diplomacy and avoid counterproductive measures.   

Admitting to Iran's constructive will to reach a good and lasting agreement, the EU foreign policy chief said that the Vienna talks are not far from reaching an agreement and now it is the time to resume talks quickly and try to avoid escalation.

Borrell added he is ready to make the necessary efforts as soon as possible to achieve what the parties agree on in the talks.

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