Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian held a phone conversation on Tuesday, discussing different issues including bilateral relations and upcoming Vienna talks.
Stressing that Iran’s government adopts a pragmatic and result-oriented approach both in bilateral relations and in nuclear talks, Amir-Abdollahian expressed hope that the Tehran-Paris consultations would lead to the practical advancement of cooperation between the two countries.
“Iran and France have great capacities and the Islamic Republic is ready to develop bilateral relations with France in various fields based on mutual respect and common interests,” he said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Amir-Abdollahian pointed to the inaction of the European troika towards US extravagance and held the US responsible for the current situation of the JCPOA.
“Iran wants to reach a good agreement, but this requires some conditions, including the return of other JCPOA members to their commitments and effective lifting of sanctions,” he added.
Iranian Foreign Minister called Iran’s defense program a sovereign right of any country, adding that regardless of US unconstructive behaviour on imposing sanctions, Iran will continue to improve its defense power with all might.
The French Foreign Minister, for his part, said that Paris supports the return of all parties to the JCPOA, adding that his country will make any efforts to do so.
He also expressed hope that the forthcoming talks in Vienna will achieve rapid progress.