Dec 21, 2017, 12:30 PM
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Iran calls for EU's clear stance on JCPOA obstacles

Tehran, Dec 21, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi has urged the European Union to take a clear and serious stance toward the obstacles hindering implementation of historic nuclear deal.

Araqchi made the remarks in a meeting with Secretary-General of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs Maurice Gourdault-Montagne at the fourth round of political dialogue between Iran and France in Paris late Wednesday.

The two sides also reviewed the ways for reinforcing mutual relations, implementation of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached in July 2015 as well as regional and international developments.

Araqchi and Gourdault-Montagne also emphasized the need for reinforcing all-out ties in political, economic, and cultural arenas aimed at fostering regional peace and tranquility, settling environmental issues, tacking terrorism and drug trafficking.

The Iranian and French officials underscored that holding regular political negotiations and exchanging political delegations play a key role to mutual understanding and expansion of bilateral relations.

Touching upon International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano's reconfirmation of full commitment of Iran under the nuclear agreement, Araqchi also underlines the need for all sides to remain committed to JCPOA.

Meanwhile, Gourdault-Montagne, for his part, said Paris supports expansion of cooperation between the French and Iranian companies.

He also expressed his satisfaction over a 250-percent increase in France-Iran trade transactions in the past two years.

Gourdault-Montagne noted that Iran plays a key role in reinforcing regional peace.

During his two-day stay in Paris, Araqchi is also slated to deliver a lecture at the French Institute of International Relations, in addition to holding separate meetings with French officials.

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