Iranian president lays out basis for possible deal with P4+1

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President Ebrahim Raeisi outlines the three foundations of a possible agreement between Iran and the P4+1 group of states.

Speaking on the phone with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron on Saturday, Raeisi identified the “basic foundations” as “the removal of sanctions, verifiability and credible guarantees”.

“Whatever effort from the other side should integrate” all three categories, the Iranian president said, noting that “the Islamic Republic has already proven its determination and seriousness in achieving [such an] agreement.”

The P4+1 includes the UK, France, Russia and Germany, which are the latest signatories to a 2015 deal with the Islamic Republic. The United States walked away from the deal in 2018 and returned the sanctions the deal had lifted.

Since last year, Iran and the P4+1 have held eight rounds of talks in Vienna, Austria, to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions.

The United States also sent a delegation to the negotiations. Iran, however, categorically rejected any direct or indirect discussion with the American team.

To bolster any potential deal against flaws at the heart of the previous deal, the Islamic Republic has insisted that any new pact should ensure the verifiability of the sanctions lifting process, and also include guarantees that Washington could not leave. the agreement.

Raeisi, meanwhile, noted that the United States itself had admitted that the former US administration’s “maximum pressure” policy, under which Washington abandoned the 2015 accord and reimposed sanctions, had ended in failure.

The French president, for his part, acknowledged that the Islamic Republic had “the right” not to trust the United States, because it was Washington that drove the deal into its current “crisis” in the first place.

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