US offered no initiatives at Doha talks: Iran's FM tells French counterpart
Iran's foreign minister says the US offered no initiatives during the negotiations in Qatari capital of Doha over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.
According to Press TV, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that while Iran was serious and honest during the two-day indirect talks, the other side insisted on previous stances.
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna on Sunday night.
“We are serious and honest to reach the final point for a good and durable agreement. We have always presented our positive suggestions and proposals during negotiations.”
“We believe that insistence on previous stances should not replace political initiatives,” he noted.
Nevertheless, he described the talks as positive. “Our assessment of the recent talks in Doha is positive, but we have to see how the American side would take advantage of the diplomatic opportunity.”
The top Iranian Iranian diplomat reiterated that the path to diplomacy is still open. He noted that Tehran has always adhered to all of its international obligations, saying Iran expects the other sides to do the same.
Colonna, for her part, underscored that the available opportunity for dialog should be taken up in order to reach an agreement satisfactory to all parties.
“We believe that the window for diplomacy is still open and we must seize it in the best possible way to conclude an agreement. A deal is better than no agreement at all,” the French foreign minister said.
The European Union was tasked with coordinating indirect negotiations between Iran and the United States during the fresh round of negotiations in Qatar last week.
Iran does not sit down with the US as Washington is no longer a party to the landmark deal, officially called the JCPOA, which was unilaterally abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018.
The talks in Doha followed seven rounds of inconclusive negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year.