May 19, 2022 17:12 UTC
  •  FM: Iran supports any diplomatic effort to settle Ukraine conflict, ready to mediate

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has described Tehran's relations with Moscow as excellent, saying the Islamic Republic supports any effort aimed at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine war.

According to Press TV, Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday, during which the two sides discussed bilateral, regional and international issues as well as the latest situation of negotiations between Iran and other signatories to the 2015 deal in the Austrian capital.

“Based on its excellent ties with Russia, the Islamic Republic of Iran supports any effort to settle the Ukraine conflict through diplomatic means and is ready to mediate and help resolve this crisis,” Iran’s foreign minister said.

Expounding on Iran’s position against the use of war and sanctions as tools of diplomacy, Amir-Abdollahian underlined Tehran's support for a ceasefire in Ukraine and a return to the negotiating table.

FM: Deal within reach if US acts reasonably

Elsewhere in his remarks, pointing to the talks on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Amir-Abdollahian said, “If the Americans act reasonably, a nuclear deal will be within reach."

He also called on all parties to offer initiatives in this regard.

Stressing Iran’s firm resolve to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, which would also respect the country's red lines, the top Iranian diplomat lauded Russia's positive stance in supporting a deal that is approved by Tehran.

Lavrov, for his part, underscored Russia's continued support for the the 2015 Iran deal and Moscow's efforts to reach a fair agreement in line with the interests and demands of the Iranian side.

Blasting the unconstructive positions of the United States and the West, the Russian foreign minister briefed his Iranian counterpart on the latest developments in Ukraine and welcomed any initiative that would push Ukraine towards negotiations He also described Iran's role as constructive in this regard.