West News Wire: The foreign ministers of Iran and Qatar have discussed the most recent developments in the Vienna negotiations on the restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal and have looked into opportunities for furthering bilateral cooperation.

In a tweet, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the foreign minister of Qatar, expressed his pleasure at speaking with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian about the future of the nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Prior to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the two foreign ministers met in New York.

I was pleased to meet with HE Dr. @Amirabdolahian, the Foreign Minister of Iran, to discuss measures to improve bilateral ties and the most recent advances in the talks to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the US Looking forward to our cooperative efforts in this regard. #UNGA77,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said experts from Tehran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany may convene a meeting in New York on the sidelines of the forthcoming 77th UNGA session, to discuss the removal of Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions.

Nasser Kan’ani made the remarks during a press briefing in the capital Tehran when asked to comment on President Ebrahim Raeisi’s visit to New York and the fact that Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is accompanying the Iranian delegation.

“While no plan has been defined for the sanctions removal talks, international meetings and marginal negotiations among officials from participating countries always provide a favorable opportunity for the exchange of viewpoints on issues of common interest, as well as regional, multilateral and international developments,” he said.

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“I do not rule out the possibility that there could be nuclear-oriented and sanctions removal negotiations on the sidelines of the meetings. Iran has never left the negotiating table and considers negotiations a proper, logical and reasonable way to resolving disputes,” Kan’ani said.

He added that Iran will use every opportunity to express its constructive and logical views, and that the UN General Assembly session is among the available chances.

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the Iran deal in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the agreement had lifted.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.

Amir-Abdollahian also met separately with his counterparts from South Korea and Lebanon, discussing issues of mutual interest.

In the meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin in New York on Monday, Amir-Abdollahian held talks about a host of topics, including ways to boost bilateral relations between Tehran and Seoul in diverse fields.

The Iranian foreign minister also met with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib.

During the talks, the top diplomats exchanged views about various issues ranging from bilateral ties between Iran and Arab the country to the most important developments in the Middle East region and the world.


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