Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has hailed as “very good and constructive” the meeting he had in Brussels with the European Union’s foreign-policy chief, Federica Mogherini. Zarif was in Brussels on the final stop of a global tour aimed at rallying support for a landmark 2015 nuclear between Tehran the other world players who form part of the JCPOA.
The meeting with Mogherini preceded a wider discussion with the foreign ministers of three other EU partners in the landmark deal: Germany, France, and Britain,
The agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed by Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany, and the European Union, besides the USA and Iran.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif have agreed to remain in “close contact” over the nuclear deal between Iran and six powers in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the landmark agreement.
Lavrov and Zarif met on May 14 in Moscow — the Iranian diplomat’s second stop, after Beijing, on a tour of key capitals as Tehran deals with the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 accord, which provides Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out on May 8, claiming that Iran had violated the “spirit” of the deal by financing militant violence in the Middle East and by continuing to test ballistic missiles.