A photo provided by the Iranian Presidency on Sunday shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (right) receiving Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney in Tehran, Iran. The minister will discuss the Iran nuclear deal as part of Ireland’s role in the UN Security Council. Photo: AFP
France’s top diplomat said on Monday he hoped a meeting of foreign ministers in New York this week would create positive momentum towards restarting stalled talks on the Iran nuclear deal. , Russia, Germany, France and Britain are expected to meet to try to restart talks aimed at bringing the United States back into the pact, said Jean-Yves le Drian.
“We will undoubtedly have a meeting of the JCPOA joint commission, in all likelihood within the week,” he told reporters.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal in 2018, reinstating the sanctions against Iran that Washington lifted as part of the deal.
Since then, Tehran has also withdrawn from many of its commitments.
Trump’s successor Joe Biden has indicated he wants to return to the deal, but his administration has expressed impatience with the stalled talks.
Le Drian told reporters on the sidelines of the annual high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly that talks had not resumed because of Iran, which elected a new president in June. . “It is important to ensure that during this week we can try to build a positive dynamic to resume the Vienna talks on the return of Iran and the United States to the JCPOA”, a- he added.
Diplomats told AFP the current plan is to meet Wednesday afternoon, but the timing is yet to be confirmed.
Josep Borrell, head of European Union foreign policy, who will meet his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday to urge him to resume talks “as soon as possible”, ruled out a meeting on Wednesday.
Iran’s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, is in New York this week.
He is to have bilateral talks with his German, Chinese, French, British and Russian counterparts.
They are all parties to the Iran nuclear deal.
No meeting is scheduled with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.