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Iranian FM: Talks depend on 'flexibility' of Americans 

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdoullahian (R) and his Omani counterpart, Sayyid Badr Albusaidi, arrive for a joint press conference following their meeting in Tehran, Feb. 23, 2022.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the fate of the grueling talks to bring the US back to compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal depends on Washington to have seriousness and initiative and show flexibility. 

Last Wednesday, two days of negotiations in the Qatari capital on how to remove sanctions on Iran ended, with the two sides saying they would keep in touch "about the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks."

In a phone conversation with his Oman counterpart Sayyid Badr Albusaidi Monday night, the Iranian foreign minister reiterated the seriousness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to achieve an "enduring and strong" agreement, Fars news agency reported. "Amir-Abdollahian said that constructive negotiations depend on seriousness, initiative and flexibility on the American side," it added.

On the eve of the Doha talks, the Iranian foreign minister said  Oman had also proposed to host negotiations on the removal of the sanctions. In their talks Monday, Albusaidi spelled out his country's views regarding the need to reach a conclusion and a final agreement in the negotiations. He said Oman has always supported fulfilling Iran's legitimate demands.

On Sunday, Iran's top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said Tehran and the European Union were finalizing the time and location of the next round of the talks.

The negotiating sides are trying to break a months-long impasse that has stalled the Vienna talks.

Last week, Iran's Tasnim news agency said what prevented the Doha negotiations from coming to fruition was the US insistence on its proposed draft text in Vienna that excluded any guarantee for Iran’s economic benefits. 

Over 11 months of talks between Tehran and the West stalled in March, chiefly over Washington’s refusal to undo all its past wrongs.

"The Americans must provide the guarantees demanded by Iran to make sure that they do not stab us in the back like in the past. The Europeans are more interested in Iran today because they need oil because of the war in Ukraine," Mohammd Marandi, an advisor to the Iranian negotiating team, said last Wednesday.

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