| 29 November 2023, Wednesday |

Iran says it is achieving ‘progress’ on technical cooperation with IAEA

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) achieved “good progress” on their technical cooperation, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has announced.

Amir-Abdollahian said the two sides were satisfied with the results of the negotiations, and Iran is serious about its cooperation with the IAEA.

“The more the IAEA distances itself from a political approach and moves towards technical cooperation, the more the path for our agreements opens up,” the minister pointed out, according to Mehr News Agency.

He added that Iran is doing everything it can, within the framework of constructive and mutual technical cooperation with the IAEA, to remove the unfounded suspicions and accusations of the agency.

“We are close to the next IAEA meeting, and we have notified Mr. (Rafael) Grossi very clearly that Iran and the agency can establish a good and reassuring cooperation if certain foreign parties do not get in the way,” the Iranian foreign minister said.

Regarding the negotiation process with the Agency, Amir-Abdollahian said that the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the European Union, Josep Borrell, expressed his satisfaction regarding the negotiations for the first time in a long time.

Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that good progress will be made in the technical cooperation between Iran and the IAEA as both sides have expressed a strong desire to take such a step.

He asserted that the exchange of delegations is taking place away from media hype.

Regarding the impact of IAEA’s satisfaction with cooperation on the nuclear negotiations, the Iranian official said that the agency’s report would positively affect the negotiation to remove the sanctions.

The Foreign Minister noted that the exchange of messages with the US is in progress through different channels and intermediaries.

Iran seeks to neutralize Western sanctions and is trying to ensure their removal during talks on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The minister also addressed reports about the talks to restore relations between Iran and Egypt. He said the office for protecting the two countries’ interests is active in Tehran and Cairo, and there is an official communication channel.

He recalled that some countries are encouraging Egypt and Iran to improve their ties, and Tehran welcomes the developments, noting that officials of both countries are holding fruitful meetings.

Iran hopes to develop its relations with regional countries within the framework of the government’s vision, said Amir-Abdollahian, adding that Tehran prioritizes developing relations with Egypt to achieve new and reciprocal steps.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat