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Iraq demands direct nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States

Iraq’s foreign minister said in a visit to Tehran yesterday that it was time for the Islamic republic and the United States to negotiate directly on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
US-Iran relations have been cut off since April 1980, just months after the collapse of Shah and the occupation of the US Embassy by students who pledge loyalty to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
They have deteriorated significantly after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and decided to impose sanctions on Tehran. Negotiations resumed in November after a five-month hiatus attempting to restore the agreement, and sanctions were eased in exchange for curbing Iran’s nuclear activity.
Diplomats of the remaining parties to the agreement (UK, China, France, Germany, Russia) are in talks with Iran and the United States in Vienna, both refusing direct contact. Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said in a joint press conference, “We are seeking a secret direct negotiation between the parties. This is not a secret.”
“Iraq’s interest is in helping both parties sit around the table and talk,” he said. “We proposed this to Americans and (to Iran) and before visiting Tehran.” It is better to have a direct parley between the American party and the Iranian party. ” Hussein said.
Iraq felt that there was a “problem” in the negotiation mechanism at the Vienna summit, he said. “Negotiations with the American side are indirect through European envoys,” he said. “I think it’s time for a direct discussion between Washington and Tehran to reach a common understanding of sanctions as well as nuclear issues.” We need direct contact between the parties. Yes, and we’re working towards that, “Hussein said.
Iraq is a neighbor of Iran, and Mr Hussein said US-Iran relations are “not an external issue for Iraq, but an internal one.” He said tensions between long-standing enemies would have a direct impact on Iraq’s political and security situation, and that detention between the two would have a positive effect.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdrahian outlined the current method of contact. “Americans send unwritten messages to meetings and receive indirect responses from Iran,” he said.
“As for Islamic republic, we seriously declare that we want to reach a good agreement and hope that the other parties will come and negotiate with the same seriousness and good intentions,” said Amir Abdrahian.
The Vienna talks will resume on Monday after a 10-day break. EU diplomat Enrique Mora, who chairs the negotiations, said yesterday that he hopes for rapid progress.
“It is important to accelerate our pace on important open issues and work closely with the United States to move forward. Welcome to Round 8,” Mora said in Vienna.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/706773/Iraq-calls-for-direct-Iran-US-nuclear-talks Iraq demands direct nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States

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