Indirect negotiations between US, Iran to restart, switching from Vienna to Doha
A correspondent with Al Mayadeen reported that the Doha talks, formerly known as the Vienna talks, are set to restart on 28 June
By News Desk - June 27 2022

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The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on 27 June that ongoing indirect negotiations between the US and Iran over reviving the 2015 nuclear deal will restart in the coming days.

According to the announcement, the venue is switching from Vienna, Austria to a Persian Gulf state.

According to Professor Mohammad Marandi, an advisor to Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, the Persian Gulf state in question is Qatar,  specifically, the capital city of Doha, due to the friendly ties it shares with Tehran.

A correspondent with Al Mayadeen reported that the Doha talks, formerly known as the Vienna talks, are set to restart on 28 June.

According to Reuters, US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley is slated to arrive on 27 June and meet with the Qatari foreign minister.

The Iranian chief negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, will be in Doha on 28 and 29 June.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that agreement has been made on the content and format of the talks.

However, Khatibzadeh stated that the outcome of the talks is unclear due to the continuity of US policy from the Trump administration to the Biden administration.

“The US has shown how unreliable it is and that it does not honor commitments,” the foreign ministry spokesman said.

This announcement comes days after the EU Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell visited Tehran on 25 June where he declared “the stalemate has been broken.”

During his meeting with Borrell, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian underlined the fact that Iran is ready to restart the talks in the coming days, but noted that the “full benefit of the Iranian nation” is the primary concern of the Iranian negotiating team.

The Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal were indefinitely stalled on 11 March after the US seized two Iranian oil cargo ships that Washington claims were violating sanctions.

While Iran seeks to increase trade ties with Europe, as reiterated by Amir-Abdollahian during the joint press conference with Borrell, the Islamic Republic has not sat idly by waiting for sanctions to be removed in order to increase its economic output and trade with the world.

Revenue from Iran’s oil exports went up by 60 percent since the start of the new Iranian calendar year, despite US sanctions.

The rise in oil exports were the result of a policy shift by President Raisi in planning for the success of the Iranian economy.

According to Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the economic roadmap written by Tehran is designed to anticipate growth and success independently of the outcomes of the negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal currently taking place in Vienna.

In a speech commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution on 11 February, Raisi said his administration’s foreign policy is built on balance, while implicitly condemning previous “look west” policies that have “caused imbalance in the country.”

“We must pay close attention to all countries, particularly our neighbors. But we have hope in God and in the people, which we never had in Vienna or New York,” he stated.

Tehran has recently hosted top officials from Pakistan, Venezuela, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia, where increasing the volume of annual bilateral trade was high on the agenda.

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