Iranian Delegation Due in Paris to Discuss Macron’s Offer

European Parties to JCPOA Willing to Save It: Araqchi

A senior political-economic delegation will travel to Paris on Monday to discuss the French president’s new offer to save the Iran nuclear deal, said the Iranian president’s chief of staff.

According to Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi.

Araqchi will be accompanied by a team of economic experts from various sectors, and will discuss various aspects of the French offer, Vaezi noted.

“An offer was exchanged between Iran and France two weeks ago. We have changed considerable parts of the offer shared with us,” Vaezi said Saturday night.

“The offer is the result of five hours of phone conversations between Iranian and French presidents, and was developed from the talks between them,” he added.

According to Vaezi, the 2015 nuclear deal is worthless to Iran unless the country can reap its benefits. “Otherwise, it is of no value.”

The official’s remarks came shortly after a phone conversation between Rouhani and Macron, in which the former warned that the Islamic Republic will go ahead with the third step of rolling back its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal in coming days if Europe fails to carry out its duties.

He also stressed that the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers cannot be re-negotiated and all sides must comply with it.

The Iranian President once again reiterated that any further talks depend on the complete removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

Macron, in turn, hailed Iran’s commitment to further talks, and called for continued negotiations for the resolution of the issues.

He also noted that Paris is following up the political and economic problems with regard to Tehran.

Tehran has already reduced its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement in two stages however saying that all the measures are reversible.

The 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers, reached when Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama was in office, was aimed to curb Iran’s disputed uranium enrichment programme in exchange for the lifting of many international sanctions on Tehran.

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