Tehran, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said that Iran is serious and honest about reaching the final point of a good and lasting agreement.

The foreign minister noted that Iran had always put forward its positive suggestions in negotiations.

The Iranian Foreign Minister made these remarks in a phone call with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, Catherine Colonna.

Amir Abdollahian emphasized Iran’s readiness to increase the level of cooperation based on mutual respect and cooperation.

Iran’s top diplomat also referred to negotiations on lifting sanctions in Vienna and Doha, in his conversation with the French Foreign Minister.

He said, “Our assessment of the recent talks in Doha is positive, but we should wait to see how the US wants to take advantage of the diplomatic opportunity.”

The foreign minister of Iran noted that Iran has always complied with its obligations. The country expects other parties to fulfill their obligations properly.

Meanwhile, the French Foreign Minister welcomed good relations between Tehran and Paris. She emphasized the necessity of continuing nuclear negotiations and lifting sanctions.

She called for using the opportunity to negotiate and try to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to all parties.

The French foreign minister believed that the diplomacy window is still open, and all parties should use it in the best way to reach an agreement.

In addition to this, she noted that there is a need for parties to make an agreement since having an agreement is better than not having one.

Iran-France bilateral relations

Iran has generally enjoyed a friendly relationship with France since the Middle Ages. France has an embassy in Tehran and Iran has an embassy in Paris.

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), France supported Iraq as Iraq’s military had dozens of French fighter jets and military equipment.

With 6.25% of the market share in exports to Iran, France was Iran’s sixth-leading supplier in 2005. For the most part, imports from Iran are crude oil. Altogether, 3% of French hydrocarbon imports come from Iran.