FM: Iran ready for final agreement if all of its red lines observed

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran’s foreign minister tells his British counterpart that the country is prepared for conclusion of a final agreement in Vienna if all of its red lines are observed.

The Austrian capital has been hosting eight rounds of talks aimed at a potential revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a 2015 deal between Iran and others. The United States left the deal in 2018 and returned the sanctions that it had lifted.

The Islamic Republic has defined some of the red lines as inclusion of its missile program and regional influence in a potential deal. Iran has also demanded that the US provide guarantees that it would not be able to leave the deal again and resume the coercive economic measures.

“We are closer to the point of arriving at a final agreement more than any other time,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told Britain’s Liz Truss over the phone on Wednesday.

“However, what can turn conclusion of a good and stable agreement into a definite prospect is the United States’ realistic behavior and its refusal from tabling new and wrongful demands,” he said.

Truss, for her part, expressed hope that the Austrian city would eventually be able to host conclusion of such a final agreement.

She also expressed delight over the recent developments in the bilateral ties, and demanded expansion of the relations.

Earlier in the day, Iran released two dual British-Iranian nationals jailed for involvement in espionage activities against the Islamic Republic, with the pair leaving the country for the UK.

A report published by Fars news agency on Monday had said that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, one of the duo, would be released soon in return for London’s commitment to pay off a long-overdue debt to Tehran.

In return, Britain would pay $530 million (400 million pounds) to Iran to settle a debt related to an unfulfilled military contract that dates back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Fars reported.

The Iranian top diplomat, meanwhile, welcomed potential settlement of the debt, expressing hope that trust-building measures would contribute to expansion of Iran and the UK’s ties.


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