Wednesday, April 24, 2024

US, E3 top diplomats meet over Iran, Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with French, German and British foreign ministers over Iran's nuclear program and Russia-Ukraine tensions on Wednesday, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said.

Blinken met with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in Brussels, where they reiterated their commitment to supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion, Price stated.

“The secretary of state again strongly condemned the reported atrocities by President Vladimir Putin’s forces in Bucha and across Ukraine and called for accountability. He and his counterparts discussed how best to continue working to isolate the Russian Federation on the international stage for its flagrant violation of international law and principles, to increase pressure on the Kremlin, and to advance a swift end its devastating war against Ukraine,” he added.

“They also discussed plans to provide additional humanitarian and security assistance to Ukraine,” the spokesperson continued.

“Prior to this meeting, Blinken met with his E3 counterparts to discuss our common resolve to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon,” Price said.

Tehran denies seeking nuclear weapons, stressing it wants to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

“They agreed that a diplomatic solution entailing a mutual return to full implementation of the JCPOA is the best outcome, but noted that we are prepared for other scenarios if necessary,” Price added.

Iran said some key issues between Tehran and Washington remain to be resolved. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolahian underlined Iran’s seriousness about reaching a good and lasting deal if the US side acts realistically.

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