On the sidelines of the Baghdad Conference 2 in Jordan’s capital Amman, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held a meeting with the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrel. At the meeting, the key issues on the agenda of Iran and the EU, especially the state of the Vienna talks, were discussed by the two top diplomats.

Amir-Abdollahian declared Iran’s readiness to sum up the Vienna talks based on the draft of the negotiation package that was the result of months of intensive and difficult talks. The Iranian foreign minister also advised the other sides to avoid politicizing the issue, adopt a realistic and constrictive approach and make the necessary decisions to announce a deal.

Amir-Abdollahian also condemned the Western governments for their support of the rioters in Iran and for their imposition of illegal sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran on false excuses of defending the human rights of the Iranian people.

He said defending human rights is a basic principle of Iran’s Islamic Revolution. The Iranian foreign minister reminded the Western governments of their move to violate the human rights of the Iranian people, including by aiding and abetting the US in its imposition of illegal sanctions on Iran. He then said the Western governments are shedding crocodile’s tears for the Iranian people and described this as what cannot be bought. 

Amir-Abdollahian then outlined Iran’s principled policy to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and stressed the need for ending the Ukraine conflict and resolving the crisis there through peaceful means. He further declared Iran’s readiness to dispel any misunderstanding in direct contact with the Ukrainian side.

The EU foreign policy chief, for his part, explained the bloc’s policies toward Iran over the past few months. He said the Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA, and nuclear talks are separate issues from other ones on the agenda of the two sides.

Borrell reaffirmed the EU’s resolve to continue the Vienna negotiations until they produce results. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri and the Vienna talks coordinator Enrique Mora were also in attendance at the meeting.

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