President Hassan Rouhani and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have discussed the latest developments regarding Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries and the current situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.
According to Press TV, the two presidents held a phone conversation on Sunday on the eve of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s scheduled visit to Tehran.
According to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi, the French foreign minister is to arrive in Tehran Sunday night to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.
During his two-day visit, Le Drian plans to exchange views with President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on bilateral, regional and international issues, Qassemi added.
During the phone talk, Rouhani hailed France’s stance on the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and once again urged all signatories to remain committed to their obligations under the deal.
“Tehran will remain committed to its undertakings as long as the opposite sides implement the JCPOA,” the Iranian president said.
Rouhani pointed to some claims about holding complementary talks on the JCPOA and said, “Seven countries reached an agreement, which was also endorsed by the Security Council. Iran has completely fulfilled its commitments, but unfortunately the US has constantly created obstacles in the way of implementation of the JCPOA.”
The Iranian president also welcomed dialogue and cooperation between Iran and Europe on regional issues, but emphasized that such cooperation would have nothing to do with the JCPOA.
The important point at the current circumstances is that the European Union make efforts to pressure the US to fulfill its obligations, he said.
The French president, for his part, expressed his willingness to establish strong and stable relations with Iran and said Paris had made utmost efforts to defend the nuclear agreement and was determined in this regard.
He added that Iran and France shouldered a heavy responsibility vis-à-vis issues in the region and urged cooperation between Tehran and Paris on the ongoing developments in regional countries, particularly in Syria and Lebanon.
Macron emphasized that France was not willing to hold talks about the JCPOA, but was keen to discuss other issues.