The parties to the nuclear agreement concluded a meeting in Vienna today at the level of assistant foreign ministers, with an agreement to hold a new meeting on May 7, amid Russian optimism that the talks would proceed in the right direction, but a European diplomat expressed his fear that the Vienna negotiations would not succeed.
Reuters quoted the Russian envoy, Mikhail Ulyanov, as saying that the talks were moving in the right direction, but he ruled out a breakthrough for now. Read also In points .. the latest developments in the Iranian nuclear file Question and answer .. What does Iran want from the return of the nuclear agreement?Vienna negotiations .. Will they succeed in solving the Iranian nuclear deal crisis?
Ulyanov added that all indications lead to the expectation of a final outcome of the Vienna negotiations within a few weeks, and that this result is expected to be successful.
For his part, Abbas Araghchi, Iranian assistant foreign minister and chief negotiator, said that the negotiations had reached a stage of maturity and had become more clear.
Araqchi explained after the end of the negotiations, that the distances and differences are more specific and clear, indicating that the process is going slowly but is moving forward, and that the date for reaching an agreement cannot be fully expected.
He added that it was agreed to delete a list of individuals and entities subject to US sanctions, and it was also agreed to lift sanctions on sectors such as energy, finance and ports.
On the other hand, Reuters quoted a European diplomatic source as saying that there is no guarantee in any way for the success of the Vienna negotiations, but nothing is impossible, stressing that an understanding must be reached on the most critical issues in the Vienna talks.
The European diplomat said that we had hope for further progress in the negotiations this week, there was still a lot to do and time was running out. Advertising
The Iranian Foreign Ministry had said that Araghchi met this morning at length with the representative of Russia in the Joint Committee of the Nuclear Agreement in Vienna. In the meeting, the two sides stressed the need for convergence of viewpoints between the Iranian and Russian delegation and continued coordination.
For his part, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country is facing banking obstacles to buy a Coronavirus vaccine due to sanctions and ongoing economic pressures, despite the progress of the nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
This said US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, during a meeting of the US “Aspen” forum, it is not certain that the Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear program will culminate in an agreement in the coming weeks.
In recent days, the Austrian capital Vienna witnessed a diplomatic momentum aimed at converging opinions and searching for spaces for mutual understanding.
Two important meetings were held, the first included the participating delegations except for Iran, during which the Russian and Chinese delegations stressed the need to lift sanctions on Iran, and for the United States to take the first step towards returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement, 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.
The Vienna negotiations seek to revive the nuclear agreement with the return of the United States to it in exchange for Tehran’s return to fulfill its obligations under the agreement itself while ensuring the lifting of sanctions against it.