TEHRAN (Iran News) – Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks at his weekly press briefing in Tehran. About the proposal made by the US secretary of state for a multilateral mechanism with the participation of Iran for Afghan peace talks, Khatibzadeh said Iran has had no direct or indirect contacts with the United States about issues related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or the issues non-related to the deal.
In February, Khatibzadeh had told reporters about consultations with Taliban leaders in Tehran and the reason why the consultations could not be effective to de-escalate tensions in Afghanistan, making clear that the visit was made upon the Afghan Government’s permission aiming to help narrow the gap in intra-Afghan talks.
Previously, in response to questions about how Tehran interacts with Washington in the nuclear talks, Khatibzadeh stressed that a diplomatic solution is the best possible option.
Emphasizing that the foreign policy apparatus of the Islamic Republic of Iran interacts with the parties present at the nuclear negotiating table in the most appropriate way possible, he said there is no need for negotiations to return the United States to the nuclear agreement.
Khatibzadeh went on to point out that there has been no (positive) change in Washington’s attitude towards Iran, adding that first, the United States must return to the nuclear deal, then it can come to the negotiating table.
- source : IRNA