Iran Ready to Cooperate with EU, Rouhani Says

  • "Unfortunately, the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement created many obstacles and difficulties for other parties to fully implement it," Rouhani said.
  • "The Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the IAEA's monitoring, the process of which has been continuing to date and it will continue unless we face new conditions.”
  • Borrell and Speaker Larijani have been discussing how to preserve regional issues, fight terrorism and fight against drug distribution.

The European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, met his counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday in Tehran. Borrell also met with the Speaker of the Parliament of Iran, Ali Larijani, and President Hassan Rouhani. In a meeting with the EU foreign policy coordinator, the Iranian president emphasized his country’s “full adherence” to its commitments in JCPOA and criticized “non-compliance” by other parties to the treaty.

Josep Borrell is a Spanish politician, current High Representative of the European Union since 1 December 2019. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Government of Spain since 2018 until 2019.

“Unfortunately, the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement created many obstacles and difficulties for other parties to fully implement it,” Rouhani said. President Rouhani has said, “the Islamic Republic of Iran is still ready to interact and cooperate with the European Union to settle issues.” Rouhani added, “whenever the other side lives up to its commitments completely, Iran is ready to return to its commitments.”

In a meeting with the senior European politician, Rouhani has also made it clear that developing relations and cooperation with the European Union is important to Iran. He expressed hope that Borrell would strive to develop relationships and partnerships. The Iranian president has also said that “the Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the IAEA’s monitoring, the process of which has been continuing to date and it will continue unless we face new conditions.”

Borrell also said that developing partnerships with Iran to resolve regional issues and promote peace, stability, and security in the region “has always been important to the European Union.” The EU’s top foreign policy co-ordinator has stressed that European countries are working to preserve the world and that he will do all he can to build a strong interactive world. He added that “developing cooperation with Iran has always been important for the EU.”

Ali Larijani is an Iranian conservative politician, philosopher and former military officer in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who has been Speaker of the Parliament of Iran since 2008. Larijani was the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council from 15 August 2005 to 20 October 2007, appointed to the position by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, replacing Hassan Rouhani.

News sources reported that the main topics of the meeting were bilateral relations between the European Union and the Islamic Republic, the fate of the Brotherhood, as well as regional developments.

Criticism of the EU’s “Poor Behavior”

According to domestic news agencies, Borrell and Speaker Larijani have been discussing how to preserve regional issues, fight terrorism and fight against drug distribution. According to reports, the Speaker of Parliament, during his meeting with Borrell, criticized the US commitment and poor EU behavior towards the US. “I am sorry that the European parties failed to meet their commitments under the JCPOA,” he said.

The EU’s foreign policy chief said that the European Union’s remaining parties to the nuclear deal with Iran will meet in Vienna in February, AFP reported. The exact date of the joint meeting of the French, British and German representatives, and EU foreign policy chief, has not been announced. EU officials hope Iran will pursue a diplomatic solution on the issue.

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