Today, Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his government does not want to mortgage the country’s policy to Russia and China, noting that “our view of the East does not mean dispensing with the West.” According to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, “ISNA”.
Abdullahian added, after the end of a tour that included Russia, Lebanon and Syria, that “our foreign policy will be balanced, active and dynamic. We will revive the Vienna talks based on wisdom. Our hand will not remain tied and we will make our decisions according to our national interests. We do not want to mortgage Iran’s policy to Russia and China. Our foreign policy will be balanced.” And active, effective and smart in the next stage, and we will deal with countries according to our interests.”
And he added: “I met 18 foreign ministers from European countries during my trip to New York to participate in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, and this shows that looking to the East does not mean leaving the West.”
Regarding Iran’s upcoming nuclear negotiations with international powers in Vienna, Abdollahian said, “We will go to the Vienna talks and revive the nuclear agreement, relying on collective wisdom.”
He continued, “We do not want to harness all the capabilities of the State Department regarding nuclear negotiations, but in this ministry we have divided and defined tasks, and each department must fulfill its duties entrusted to it, and one of our tasks is the issue of nuclear negotiations.” The formation of the negotiating team in the Iranian Foreign Ministry was determined, and he stated: “We are in the process of finalizing it.”
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 4+1 group were suspended in Vienna after hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential elections last June.
Iran and the international powers, including the United States, which participated in the negotiations, fought 6 rounds in Vienna, but they did not produce any results to restore the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015, from which America withdrew in 2018, and the Iranian government says that the resumption of nuclear negotiations is imminent. But it refuses to set a specific date for the resumption of those negotiations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in statements during a farewell visit to Israel, earlier today, Sunday, “We are in crucial weeks regarding the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran,” adding, in statements carried by the Iranian official press: “We want to send an unambiguous message to the Iranian people.” Iran, that they must quickly return to the negotiating table.”