Monday, November 28, 2022

France Looking for Mechanism to Facilitate Banking Ties with Iran

French lawmakers say Paris is seriously looking for ways to establish closer banking ties with Iran, helping the country reap the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal.

The remarks were made by members of a visiting French parliamentary delegation in a meeting with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqch in Tehran.

During the Monday talks, Araqchi discussed various bilateral, regional and international issues with the French delegation, which included Philippe Bonnecarrere, the President of France-Iran Friendship Group at the French Senate, and Delphine O, the President of France-Iran Friendship Group at the French National Assembly.

Araqchi welcomed the French government and Europe’s efforts to preserve the Iran nuclear deal and expressed hope that the efforts could lead to practical and operational strategies.

He also praised France’s will to stand against the US’ unilateralism as well as extra-regional laws and said through its unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US has not only violated a UN Security Council resolution but also put pressure on other states to follow in its footsteps.

“If the Iran nuclear deal collapse, the political situation of the Middle East will get more complicated and above all, a successful diplomacy experience in the world will end up in failure,” he said.
The Iranian deputy foreign minister then elaborated on the Islamic Republic’s regional policies and said the Islamic Republic’s policy is preserving stability and expanding security in the region.

“Iran fought ISIS as the most destabilizing element in the region and stand against any division of regional countries or demarcation of regional boundaries,” he said.

For their parts, the French lawmakers underlined the French parliament’s support for the JCPOA and said developing a mechanism for banking ties and making sure that Iran reaps the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal is a top priority and France is following up the issue seriously.

The members of the parliamentary delegation also thanked the Islamic Republic for its undeniable role in fight against ISIS.

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