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Deputy FM Araqchi, Slovakian Diplomat Hold Talks in Tehran

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Lukas Parizek, who is in Iran for political consultations between the two countries, had a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi in Tehran.

During the Tuesday talks, the two sides conferred on bilateral relations, as well as the regional and international developments.

Araqchi expressed satisfaction with the continuation of political contacts and consultations between the two countries and highlighted the great capacities for economic and commercial relations between two nations.

"By taking advantage of the current situation, the two countries have fortunately taken major steps to strengthen and boost the mercantile and trade ties," Araqchi said.

"It is hoped that holding the Iran-Slovakia Joint Commission"s meeting in the future would upgrade and solidify this trend," he added.

He also touched on Iran"s strategic patience during the past year in the face of the US illegal and unilateral move to withdraw from the JCPOA, and highlighted the European countries" procrastination and failure to honour their commitments under the JCPOA.

"Sadly, the balance between the Islamic Republic of Iran"s obligations and rights under the JCPOA has been now upset, and considering the European side"s unfulfilled pledges, there remains no reason for the implementation of Iran"s one-way commitments. However, Iran has kept the window of diplomacy open by gradually reducing its commitments."

In the meeting, the state secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Slovakia emphasized the Bratislava government"s serious willingness for continued political consultations and strengthening of the economic, commercial and cultural cooperation with Iran.

"We are determined to strengthen reciprocal ties, particularly the bilateral economic and trade cooperation, and are ready to hold the joint commission"s meeting in the near future to that end."

The Slovak diplomat also pointed to his country"s support for the JCPOA, expressing hope that the INSTEX would become operational and Europe would maintain and strengthen its economic and trade ties with Iran.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of IRAN


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