US Sanctions on Iran Harm Global Economy and Europe: Raeisi Tells Macron

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said US sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have hurt the global economy, especially the ‘Europe.

In a 120-minute phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Saturday, Raeisi added that despite US sanctions, Iran has managed to achieve dramatic growth in its political and economic cooperation with various countries around the world.

He condemned the unconstructive measures and positions of the United States and European countries against Iran and said: “The publication of a resolution in the [International] The Atomic Energy Agency was an initiative that triggered a crisis aimed at creating pressure against the Iranian nation, which undermined political trust.”

He stressed the need for Iran to be able to reap the economic benefits of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), through a possible relaunch of the multilateral agreement, which the United States unilaterally withdrew three years after its signing. conclusion.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that reaching an agreement [on the JCPOA revival] rests on the full resolution of safeguard issues and the provision of necessary guarantees, including the continued adherence of the parties to the agreement and the realization of the economic interests of the Iranian nation,” the Iranian Chief Executive stressed.

The IAEA Board of Governors passed the resolution on June 8, accusing Iran of not cooperating with the agency. The resolution was approved with 30 votes for, 2 against and 3 abstentions.

It came as Iran and the other five parties to the JCPOA had held several rounds of talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year to reinstate the deal, which had been scrapped by the former US President Donald Trump in May 2018.

By resigning from the deal, Trump reinstated sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are enforced to this day by the Joe Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged the policy was a mistake and a failure.

Meanwhile, Iran and the United States concluded two days of indirect talks, mediated by the European Union, in the Qatari capital of Doha in late July in a bid to break the deadlock in the revival of the JCPOA.

“In the absence of Iran’s counter-terrorism campaign, Daesh would have captured Europe”

The Iranian president also told his French counterpart that the terrorist group Daesh would today declare a “caliphate” in Europe if it were not for the role of the Islamic Republic in promoting security in the region, in particular its fight against terrorism and support for territorial and national integrity. sovereignty of countries.

Raeisi added that regional issues should be settled by nations and governments in the region, stressing that “foreign intervention goes against security and stability.”

France will continue to play an active role until the conclusion of the final agreement: Macron

The French president, for his part, said his country would continue its role in the process of concluding the negotiations to relaunch the JCPOA.

Macron added that Iran plays a leading role in bringing about political processes in the region.

He expressed his country’s support for Iran’s position against the military operations of some regional countries against Syria.

The Iranian and French presidents also discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international developments and major global challenges, including food and energy security.

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