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West's lack of initiative slowing down talks with Iran

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A camera stands in front of the Coburg Palais, the venue of Iran's talks with the P4+1 group of countries, in Vienna on December 27, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

The joint sessions between the Iranian negotiating team and the European sides have increased in number, but the other side does not present any initiatives.

Information that has reached Nour News shows that over the past week, at least one session has taken place every day on the level of delegation heads with the European sides and the remaining issues have been discussed in detail in accordance with the new draft agreement.

What is more, despite some media agitation, the two sides are exchanging messages every day and in a continuous manner in a "non-paper" format, and only through Enrique Mora, the European Union's deputy foreign policy chief, who is also the talks' coordinator.

At the same time, some European officials, including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, have once again made mention of the Vienna talks' slow progress.

Since the beginning of the new negotiation process, the Iranian delegation has partaken in many meetings on various levels, offering resourceful approaches and operational mechanisms in order to try to speed up the course of the talks with the goal of bringing about a good agreement.

In the same context, even some simultaneous meetings have taken place so the remaining issues can be pursued in a parallel manner and at the fastest time possible in order to bring the two sides closer to an agreement.

This is while, amid an ongoing "blame game" and extensive psychological operation on the part of Western media outlets, the European delegations have mainly played a passive role, only expressing their opinion about the plans that have been proposed by Iran and refusing to offer any new ideas or mechanisms towards either reducing or resolving the outstanding issues!

In the meantime, some efforts on the part of the European sides towards revisiting their stances on the [already] resolved matters or their coming up with new demands have contributed to slowing down the process of the talks.

Continual absence of the European troika's senior negotiators and their shake-up of the structure of their negotiating teams have worsened the situation, interrupting the talks and reducing the speed of the negotiations' progress.

However, upon the insistence of the Iranian side, the negotiations are proceeding on a right track and in a professional atmosphere, making it possible for the talks to lead to an agreement in a reasonable time space in case there exists the political will and the decisions are made faster, especially on the part of Washington.

This news article was originally published in Farsi by Nour News website, which is affiliated with Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).


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