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Iran’s top nuclear negotiator holds ‘constructive talks’ with West in Oman

Iran states that negotiations with the US are underway through Oman — Files/Unsplash

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has held “constructive” talks with his Omani counterpart, Sayyid Badr Albusaidi, in Muscat, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Currently on a tour of the Gulf, Amir-Abdollahian will also stop in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. 

The two ministers discussed continued consultations and cooperation on issues of bilateral concern during the meetings. Albusaidi stated that there was great consensus in the visions of the two states on a series of issues that would contribute to stability, security, and peace. Amir-Abdollahian praised the effective cooperation between the two sides and called the meeting constructive.

The talks come a day after Iran held discussions in Doha on its nuclear programme with Qatari and EU officials. Last week Iran stated that it had been engaged in indirect negotiations with the United States through Oman, with nuclear issues, US sanctions, and detainees on the agenda.

The following day, Iran’s nuclear negotiator met with diplomats from three different European countries in Abu Dhabi to discuss a number of issues, including the country’s nuclear programme.

A landmark deal reached in 2015 between Iran and world powers was designed to prevent Tehran from secretly developing a nuclear bomb, a goal the Islamic republic has always denied.

The United States under former-president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018, before Iran began backing away from its own commitments, including by stepping up its enrichment of uranium.

The administration of current US President Joe Biden has sought to revive the deal, but the process has stalled in on-off talks since 2021.

In recent weeks, the two sworn enemies have denied media reports that they were close to reaching an interim deal to replace the 2015 accord.

The talks in Muscat and Doha are part of a broader effort to find a way forward on the nuclear issue and other regional concerns. The meetings reflect a willingness on the part of all sides to engage in dialogue and explore the potential for cooperation on key issues.

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