EU’s Borrell hails Iran-IAEA cooperation in call with Iran’s FM

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)
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy chief

The European Union's foreign policy chief has welcomed on-going cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a phone call to his Iranian counterpart, describing such continued efforts as “beneficial and positive.”

Josep Borrell made the remarks during a phone conversation he initiated on Monday with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and further underlined the significance for the EU of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with world countries -- officially referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Borrell also pledged that the EU member nations will make every effort to return “all sides” to the negotiation table.

The US unilaterally left the agreement three years after its conclusion, returning the imposed sanctions that the deal had supposedly lifted.

He also welcomed the recent normalization of relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia as an important move in boosting regional stability.

Amir-Abdollahian, in turn, welcomed the concept of holding talks on the basis of mutual respect as a significant step in resolving differences and moving forward towards maintaining ties between the Islamic Republic and Europe, adding that “our assessment of recent talks held between Tehran and Europe remains positive.”

He further said Tehran continues to welcome “constructive innovations” in its relations with European countries.

Iran’s FM blasts Borrell’s meddling remarks defending convicted terrorist

The top Iranian diplomat, however, slammed Borrel’s meddling remarks in objecting to the execution of a convicted terrorist that had openly claimed responsibility for sponsoring acts of terror in Iran, and expressed regret that “some European officials appear to promote and support the “ominous phenomenon of terrorism” rather than showing resolve in countering it.

Amir-Abdollahian was reacting to objections over the execution of Habib Farajollah Cha’ab from the EU and some of its members.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman had already slammed European countries for their criticism of the execution of the ring-leader of a terrorist group. Nasser Kan’ani also emphasized that some European governments support terrorists instead of fighting against those who put the lives of innocent civilians in danger.

Cha’ab master-minded several terrorist attacks in Iran, including the one on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz in 2018, which left dozens of people killed and wounded.

Amir Abdollahian also censured Borrell’s media team for waging a defective and flawed publicity campaign against the execution of the convicted terrorist in Iran at the conclusion of their phone discussions.  

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