Iran considers no obstacle in cementing ties with EU/Europe has heavy responsibility in keeping all parties committed to JCPOA/Majlis to respond to US Congress

Iran considers no obstacles in development of relations with the European Union, said President Rouhani in a meeting with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

Sat 05 - August 2017 - 14:47

In the meeting that was held on Saturday in Tehran, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran said: “Iran and the EU have taken significant and positive steps in developing ties and cooperation, which will be very important with regard to the global conditions, especially the conditions of the Middle East”.

Describing the nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 a key move contributing to stability in the region and development of Iran’s relations with other countries throughout the world, he said: “EU played a significant role in reaching the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and today, all parties have a heavy responsibility to protect the agreement”.

Stating that European Union’s representative taking part in Iranian President’s swearing-in ceremony as strong resolve by Iran and EU to develop ties in all fields of mutual interest, Dr Rouhani added: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will always be committed to implementing the JCPOA and will live up to all its commitments unless the other side violates it”.

Some parties do not live up to their commitments in JCPOA, said President Rouhani adding: “An important part of JCPOA’s implementation is related to facilitation of economic, banking and trade relations, which should quickly and completely be operationalised”.

“Relations between Iran and European Union have enjoyed good progress in the latest four years but we have not reached the expected point underscored in JCPOA; therefore, we need more efforts in this regard,” continued President Rouhani.

He also referred to the issue of the United States’ living up to its commitments in JCPOA as a source of concern for all parties to the agreements and said: “Repeated violation by the US government and imposing new sanctions against Iran have had negative effects on public opinions of the Iranian nation and the Majlis will retaliate the new move by the US congress”.

“We must work hard to strengthen JCPOA to be able to take the next steps in developing bilateral and regional cooperation between Iran and the European Union,” Dr Rouhani added.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also went on to say: “Today, there are good investment opportunities in Iran in various fields such as energy, oil, gas and petrochemicals and we can have good cooperation and relations with Europe in all fields of mutual interest”

During the meeting, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini expressed happiness over attending Dr Rouhani’s swearing-in ceremony and congratulated his re-election.

Stating that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has had remarkable achievements for Iran and the EU, she said: “An EU delegation attending Iran’s swearing-in ceremony is an important political decision and indicates that European countries are willing to develop ties with Iran and safeguard the JCPOA”.

All parties to the nuclear agreement are bound to fully and correctly implement it, said Mogherini adding: “JCPOA is not limited to one side and all negotiating sides and the international community must attempt to protect and safeguard it”.

“JCPOA is very important to Europe and by signing it, more than 80 per cent of business activities between Iran and EU have been successfully finalised,” continued EU foreign policy chief.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has emphasised for the sixth time in its report that the Islamic Republic of Iran has completely lived up to its commitments in the JCPOA,” she continued.

She also expressed Europe’s willingness to develop bilateral ties with Iran in various fields such as science, culture, economy, trade and regional dialogue.

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