The US envoy to Iran is in Paris to meet diplomats from France, Britain and Germany

The US envoy to Iran is in Paris to meet diplomats from France, Britain and Germany
The US envoy to Iran is in Paris to meet diplomats from France, Britain and Germany

Paris (AFP)

Iran and six major powers (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China, and Germany) reached an agreement in 2015 on Tehran’s nuclear program, which allowed for the lifting of many sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, in exchange for restricting its nuclear activities and ensuring the peace of its program.

However, the effects of the agreement have become null and void since the United States decided to unilaterally withdraw from it in 2018, during the era of its former president, Donald Trump, who re-imposed severe sanctions on Tehran.

About a year after the US withdrawal from the agreement, Iran has gradually retreated from implementing most of its basic obligations under it.

The forces that are still affiliated with the agreement, with indirect American participation, began discussions in Vienna this year in an attempt to revive the agreement, after the new US President Joe Biden expressed his willingness to return his country to it.

The concerned parties conducted six rounds of talks between April and June, without specifying a new date for their resumption.

Mali is visiting Paris after a Gulf tour that took him to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

“After consultations with partners in the region, Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley will meet in Paris on Friday with his counterparts in the A3 group,” a State Department spokesperson said, without giving further details.

For its part, the French Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that the talks will take place at a “critical stage” at a time when France and other countries are still ready to resume the Vienna talks.

“In the meantime, it is urgent and essential that Iran stop its grave violations to an unprecedented extent” of the nuclear agreement, the statement added, calling on Iran to resume full cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency “without delay.”

On Tuesday, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, expressed his concern that he was not able to meet with senior Iranian officials, contrary to what was stipulated in the September 12 agreement between the IAEA and the Islamic Republic.

On that day, the agency reached an agreement with Tehran on a new compromise over the control of Iran’s nuclear program, which revived hope that the Vienna talks, stalled since the election of hard-line conservative Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s president in June, could resume.

© 2021 AFP

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