French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian revealed on Monday that world powers and Iran will likely meet on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
Le Drian added, in a press conference, that the meeting, which will include all signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the exception of the United States, which withdrew from it, will aim to build “positive momentum” to resume negotiations after their suspension in June.
Later, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell denied Lourdian’s statements to reporters, Monday, and confirmed that ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia would not hold a meeting with Iran on the sidelines of the annual meeting of world leaders at the UN General Assembly this week.
“It is clear that time is running out to conclude an agreement on reviving the Iran nuclear deal,” the French foreign minister said.
He urged Iran to appoint representatives for nuclear talks with world powers as soon as possible.
Part of the previous nuclear negotiations in Vienna
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the official name of the agreement concluded in 2015 in Vienna by the superpowers (the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany) with Iran on Tehran’s nuclear program before Washington withdrew from it during the era of former President Donald Trump.
The French minister stated that since the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June, “negotiations have not resumed, at Iran’s request.”
Le Drian stressed “the importance of being able, during this week, to try to launch a positive dynamic for the resumption of talks in Vienna on the return of Iran and the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”
The French Foreign Minister considered that what is important is that “the negotiations resume” so that the United States becomes a party to the agreement and Iran returns to its strict adherence to it.
For their part, diplomats said that the foreign ministers of the countries concerned intend in principle to hold a meeting in New York on Wednesday afternoon, but that “this matter has not yet been confirmed.”
The new Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian is taking part in New York this week in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly.
Abdullahian is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his German, Chinese, French, British and Russian counterparts, the foreign ministers of the five countries that are still parties to the Iranian nuclear agreement, but there is no expected meeting between him and his American counterpart Anthony Blinken.
In April, indirect talks began in Vienna between the United States and Iran, mediated by the rest of the parties to the agreement. But the talks have stalled since Governor Raisi was elected president of Iran.
In 2018, US President Trump withdrew his country from the agreement, and imposed on Tehran again the sanctions that Washington had lifted from it. In response to Trump’s decision, Iran has gradually freed itself from its obligations under the agreement.
But Trump’s successor, Democratic President Joe Biden, has expressed his willingness to return to the agreement if the Islamic Republic recommits to it.
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Paris hosts an international conference on Libya
Regarding the Libyan file, French Foreign Minister Le Drian announced that his country will host an international conference on Libya in November, in the context of preparing for the Libyan elections at the end of December.
Le Drian explained that the conference, which Germany and Italy will participate in preparing, will be held on November 12, with the aim of ensuring the implementation of the schedule
Elections and discuss the departure of foreign fighters from Libya.
This comes amid growing talk about attempts by some political parties to obstruct the holding of the elections and postpone them to another date. Supreme Council of State The Brotherhood-controlled organization, on Monday, postponed the presidential elections for another year until after the constitutional referendum, claiming that holding them on schedule will not bring stability to the country.
وحول submarine crisis And the US-British-Australian alliance, the French Foreign Minister denounced in New York, Monday, the “ignorance” of the United States of France in the issue of the French submarine deal with Australia, pointing to “reactions belonging to a time we hoped had ended.”
Le Drian said that “the issue is primarily related to the breakdown of trust between allies,” and this matter “requires Europeans to think carefully” about alliances.
He added that “the alliance means transparency,” “the ability to foresee,” “clarify,” “talking to each other,” and “not hiding,” and “all of this needs clarification today.”
And last Saturday, France accused Australia and the United States of “lying and duplicity”, and considered Britain “opportunistic”, against the background of Canberra canceling a huge contract with Paris to receive submarines from it, considering what happened as a “serious crisis” between the allies.
On Friday, French President Macron ordered the recall of his country’s ambassadors in Canberra and Washington, in an unprecedented step to express his anger at Australia’s decision to cancel a huge deal to obtain nuclear-powered submarines from France and replace them with American ones, in the context of announcing an American-British-Australian alliance in the Pacific. , directed in part to confront China.
This disagreement frustrates hopes that relations between Paris and Washington can be improved during the era of US President Joe Biden.
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