Professor of international conflicts at “George Mason University” Muhammad al-Sharqawi said that Washington is witnessing a growing debate about the purpose of the Vienna negotiations if Iran does not respond and make concessions.
In an interview with the episode (5/7/2021) of the “Beyond the News” program, Al-Sharqawi said that there are criticisms of President Joe Biden’s administration from both Republicans and rightists, and accusations of being lenient with Iran and not presenting a strict negotiating position, amid talk about the need for Washington to withdraw from this. Negotiations.
Al-Sharqawi added that in return, the Biden administration talks about that the diplomatic option and the Vienna path are inevitable, and that the two sides are close to reaching an agreement, referring to consultations between the US State Department and Congress to release one billion dollars of Iranian assets and deposit them with a Swiss mediator, and another proposal to allow To the International Monetary Fund to provide a loan of 5 billion dollars to Iran to confront the complications of the Corona pandemic.
Al-Sharqawi concluded that moving forward with negotiations with Iran is the dominant rhetoric now in Washington, noting that the head of the US delegation, Robert Malley, urges his country’s administration to provide what enhances Iran’s confidence in the Biden government’s position, and then encourages it to make practical concessions.
For his part, the researcher at the Al-Jazeera Center for Studies saw Makki’s meeting that the Biden administration threw all its papers on the Vienna negotiation table at once without taking into account other scenarios, or full knowledge of its opponent, the Iranian government.
Makki made it clear that the Biden administration stopped exporting offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, and showed signs of withdrawing from the region, in addition to some disagreements with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and on the other hand, it confirmed repeatedly that it had nothing but a diplomatic option with Iran.
Makki pointed out that the US position made the Iranian negotiator ample of his affairs, unlike his American counterpart, who does not have large negotiating cards.
Amidst talking about steady progress in the Vienna negotiations on returning to the Iran nuclear deal, Washington came out to remind you that returning to the agreement – even if it desires – is not the only scenario in its pocket for dealing with Iran.
A US State Department official confirmed that his country is also prepared for the possibility that Tehran will not return to this agreement, which is consistent with what the US Army Naval Operations Commander, Admiral Mike Gilday, said that his forces extended the deployment of some military pieces and an aircraft carrier in the Gulf due to Iran.
Gilday added that the presence of the US Navy in the Gulf region continues, and that these forces will conduct surveillance operations in the Gulf waters.
Washington’s positions coincided with talks held in Bahrain – the headquarters of the US Fifth Fleet – the head of the Israeli Mossad, Yossi Cohen, who recently returned from Washington.
According to the Bahrain News Agency, Cohen discussed with the heads of the Bahraini intelligence and strategic security agencies the prospects for coordination and cooperation, and ways to support and enhance them, in addition to the most prominent security areas, developments and regional developments.
Meanwhile, and in the first official Saudi confirmation of the talks between Riyadh and Tehran, Reuters quoted the Director of the Policy Planning Department at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Raed Qarmali as saying that the talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce tension in the region, but it is too early to judge their outcome, and that Riyadh wants You see verifiable actions, and it is unlikely that any specific conclusions will be drawn on those talks at this time.