Iran, G4+1 statement strong message to US unilateralism
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New York, Sept 25, IRNA -- The joint statement issued by G4+1 and Iran foreign ministers, saying they are to help to neutralize US sanctions on Iran with a special financial mechanism, conveyed a strong message to the US unilateralism on the verge of President Donald Trump's hype in the UN Security Council.
The meeting of foreign ministers of Iran and G4+1 – France, the UK, Russia, China and Germany – took place on Monday evening ( New York local time ) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting was presided by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
The meeting was of great importance since the US is trying to exploit the UNGA to put on a show against Iran. The support of China, Russia and Europe for Iran Deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), clearly depicted US' isolation.
The issued statement contained important points.
The statement restated JCPOA remaining signatories' commitment to its full and effective implementation, including their commitment to removing the sanctions; they admitted that Iran's economic interests are the vital part of the deal.
G4+ foreign ministers expressed their regret over US' exit from the deal, and in an open confrontation with the US' unilateral sanctions on Iran, they expressed their commitment to their previous joint statement, issued on July 6, regarding expanding economic ties with Iran, keeping and reinforcing effective financial channels for transaction with Iran, stressing continuation of Iran's oil, liquid gas and petrochemical products export. They also reiterated their commitment to take certain and effective actions to guarantee money transfer channels to Iran.
Considering the necessity and emergency to obtain tangible results, the foreign ministers welcomed practical suggestions to maintain and expand payment channels, in particular establishing a 'special mechanism' for facilitating payments of exports, including oil, and imports, which will reassure traders to work with Iran.
They reiterated their support for more activity to operationalize the 'special mechanism' along with strengthening transition to regional and international partners.
The statement urged other countries to obtain similar policies in economic relations with Iran and called for safeguarding and reinforcing mutual economic ties with Iran, mobilizing all their facilities to normalize economic relations with Iran, including through a third county, which explicitly shows JCPOA members' will to counter the US will to annihilate the deal and re-imposition of sanctions on Iran.
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