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Iran top negotiator says finalizing date, venue of next sanctions removal talks with EU

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)
Iranian deputy foreign minister and chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani (R) welcomes the European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora in Tehran, on March 27, 2022 (File photo by AFP)

Iran’s top negotiator in talks to revive the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), says Tehran and the European Union are finalizing the time and location of the next round of the talks, whose main goal is to have sanctions imposed on Tehran removed.

Ali Bagheri Kani told reporters on Sunday that the recent indirect talks between Iran and the United States, mediated by the European Union, were held in the Qatari capital of Doha within a pre-planned framework.

“The talks will continue based on an agreement between Iran and the other side, namely [European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique] Mora,” Bagheri Kani, who also serves as Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, said.

Bagheri Kani added, "The date and venue of the next round of the negotiations are being finalized through our exchanges with Mr. Mora."

Iran and the US concluded two days of indirect talks in Doha on Wednesday, in a high-stakes diplomatic process aimed at breaking the stalemate in the efforts to restore the JCPOA.

At the end of the talks, Iran and the EU said they would keep in touch “about the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks.”

The talks in Doha follow seven rounds of inconclusive negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna, which began in April last year to revive the ailing multilateral agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by former US president Donald Trump in May 2018.

In a tweet on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the talks can succeed if the United States acts realistically and provides Tehran with robust guarantees that it will be able to fully reap the economic benefits of the deal.

“A realistic [approach] by the US and attainment of a long-term guarantee over Iran’s full economic benefits from the agreement can bring about a fruitful outcome at the negotiations,” he wrote.

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that the Islamic Republic will pursue the diplomatic endeavor with “power” and “rationality.”


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