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By failure to respond to Iran's initiatives, US is to blame for pause in Vienna talks: Khatibzadeh

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Tue / 31 May 2022 / 14:58

Tehran (ISNA) - Regarding the recent diplomatic visits including the visits of Emir of Qatar and Tajik President to Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, "Iran's foreign policy in the field of neighborliness has been taken into consideration seriously".

"During Iranian President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi's official visit to Oman, we've worked on cooperation which had been postponed for a long time. During the meeting, thirteen documents were signed in the fields of transportation, transit, energy, trade and mutual investments. We hope to expand the cooperation in the field of economy," he added.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Tuesday, Khatibzadeh told reporters, "Yesterday Tajikistan's president had an official visit to Iran. This was a very important trip. Also, seventeen documents were signed".

"Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian will pay some official visits to different countries in the upcoming days, which pave the way for other diplomats to have some visits to Tehran," he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh stressed, "Basically, our stance towards the Vienna talks is totally clear. Some American officials' remarks are based on their own domestic situation, so they are not our own perspectives. What matters to Iran are the messages exchanged through traditional channels between us and Washington. Moreover, Iran has offered its own initiativs in this path. In fact, there were some attempts, but American hasn't fulfilled our expectations yet. If the US stays away from certain hesitations and makes its own political decision, we can say that this country would finalize the rest of the agreement".

"The pause in the process of the Vienna talks indicates that the US hasn't responded to Iran and Europe's initiatives, and we have to see when America wants to make its own decision. Both Iran and Europe as well as Americans know that the window of opportunity won't be open forever," he added.

Regarding the recent report of the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi about Iran's peaceful nuclear operations and some claims against the country, Saeed Khatibzadeh noted, "Unfortunately, this report doesn't reflect the truth about Iran and IAEA's discussions. After reaching an agreement between Iran and the IAEA in Tehran, Iran provided certain responses to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Also, some rounds of talks were held in person. In addition, this report is the one which Mr. Grossi rushed to declare in the European parliament ahead of the third round of talks between Iran and the agency".

"This report had been finalized at that time or even ahead of the Iran-IAEA meeting, and it seems that they rushed to do such a thing. Moreover, the proposed report is not fair and just. We fear that the Zionist Regime's pressure gets this report to be diverted from its own technical path to a political way, so we expect this way to be reformed," the Iranian spokesman added.

When asked about Iran's seizure of two Greek-flagged oil tankers in Persian Gulf waters and Greece's recent warning about not crossing over Iranian boarders, Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters, "I haven't seen and heard such a warning, but better safe than sorry. Also, crossing over Iranian waters should be harmless. If there is a violation, guiding these ships to the host ports is not an unusual thing".

"I haven't received the technical details of this issue, but I'm emphasizing that Greek crews are fine now. They stay in contacts with their family members and there is no serious concern. I advise the Greek administration to follow rules and regulations instead of creating chaotic situations. They can get a lawyer and we will help them as well".

Khatibzadeh went on to say, "When our ship was illegally confiscated, we tried to follow diplomatic ways. Our foreign minister had a telephone conversation with his Greek counterpart, but they showed that the third side's order, the US, is much more important to them. In fact, they have to pay attention that neither American nor any third side considers Greece and Iran's interests. The ties between Iran and Greece have been well-respected for years, and it should be continued".

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