Vienna witnessed diplomatic momentum hours before the conclusion of the third round of negotiations aimed at reviving the Iranian nuclear deal. However, doubts remain that these talks will result in an Iranian-American agreement by the end of this May.
The parties to the agreement are scheduled to hold a meeting today, Saturday, in the Austrian capital, to evaluate the negotiations that began early last month. Read also Axios: America and Israel agree to neutralize their differences over the Iranian nuclear program Question and answer .. What does Iran want from the return of the nuclear agreement?Foreign Affairs: Israel and Iran are dragging America into the arena of conflict … strict diplomacy is the solution
Al-Jazeera correspondent Muhammad al-Baqali said that the meeting, which will be held at the level of assistant foreign ministers, will address the conclusions of this third round of negotiations and evaluate the entire Vienna path, noting that the participating delegations will return after the meeting to their capitals for consultations.
Al-Baqali added that the diplomatic momentum witnessed in Vienna this morning and last night was aimed at converging views and searching for spaces for mutual understanding, pointing to two important meetings, the first of which included the participating delegations except for Iran, during which the Russian and Chinese delegations stressed the need to lift sanctions on Iran, and to take action. The United States is the first step in the direction of returning to the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015, from which the administration of former US President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.
As for the second meeting, it included the Iranian and Russian delegations, during which the Russian side affirmed its support for Tehran’s positions, especially with regard to lifting sanctions.
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Slow pace of negotiations
Al-Jazeera correspondent Muhammad al-Baqali explained that it seems that the parties participating in the Vienna negotiations have found that these negotiations are proceeding at a slower pace than expected and desirable.
Al-Baqali quoted sources close to the negotiations that they are frustrated with the slow pace of progress in the negotiations, which does not allow for an agreement to be reached in the desired date, which is the end of May.
On Friday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said it was not certain that the Vienna talks would culminate in an agreement in the coming weeks. Advertising
Sullivan added during a meeting of the American “Aspen” forum that these talks are currently “in a somewhat unclear place.”
Despite his doubts about the possibility of reaching an agreement soon that would return the United States and Iran to the nuclear agreement, the American official confirmed that the various parties participating in the Vienna meetings, including Iran, are negotiating seriously.
Earlier, US officials and other delegations from other countries confirmed progress in the indirect talks between the Iranians and the Americans in the Austrian capital, while Israel’s ambassador to Washington suggested that an agreement could be reached within weeks.
The Vienna negotiations seek to revive the nuclear agreement with the return of the United States to the agreement in exchange for Tehran’s return to fulfill its obligations under the agreement itself while ensuring that sanctions are lifted.
For his part, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today that his country is facing banking obstacles to purchase the Coronavirus vaccine due to sanctions, despite the progress of the nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
He added at a meeting of the National Committee to Combat Corona that his country had started the second phase of the vaccination process against Corona virus.
Iran is still facing high levels of infections and deaths due to the Corona virus, and it is the country most affected by the epidemic in the Middle East, and has condemned the sanctions causing damage to its health system.