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Iran: Good agreement possible if West shows goodwill

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Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says reaching a good agreement is possible in the ongoing sanctions removal talks in Vienna, if the Western side possesses the required goodwill.

The talks are on the right track, the top diplomat said, speaking to his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Saturday.

“Iran possesses the required will for reaching a good agreement,” he added.

“We can [therefore] reach a good agreement if the Western side is likewise in possession of such a good faith and will,” Amir-Abdollahian noted.

The remarks concerned the talks in Vienna that are examining the prospect of the removal of the United States’ inhumane sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The US reimposed the sanctions in 2018 after illegally and unilaterally leaving the 2015 agreement with Iran and others.

Earlier, Iran's top negotiator in the talks, Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani also said participants in the talks were heading forward and making progress.

The two sides were resolving outstanding issues and differences among the negotiating parties were narrowing, he noted.

Speaking on Friday, France’s foreign minister struck a positive tone concerning the talks, saying progress had been made in the negotiations.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said he remained convinced that the parties to the talks could reach a deal.

Together with the UK and Germany, France began abiding by the American sanctions once Washington re-introduced the bans.


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