Qatar hails US-Iran move on indirect nuke talks


Qatar welcomes the decision to hold indirect talks between Iran and the United States, the Qatari foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding that the country is ready to provide all the necessary conditions for the negotiations to end successfully.

“Qatar welcomes hosting a round of indirect talks between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Iran in Doha this week under the auspices of the European Union coordinator,” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry added that Qatar is ready to provide conducive environment that will help all parties to achieve a successful dialogue.

The ministry expressed hope that this round of talks will lead to a revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed in 2015, which will contribute to strengthening security in the region and open up new prospects for cooperation and regional dialogue with Iran.

In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal, known officially as the JCPOA, with the P5+1 group, which includes the US, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, as well as the European Union. It required Tehran to scale back its nuclear program and reduce its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief.

In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and reimposed sanctions on Iran, to which the latter responded with a gradual abandoning of its own commitments under the deal. US President Joe Biden’s administration signaled its readiness to renegotiate the deal, and the two countries launched EU-facilitated talks in Vienna in April 2021.

Following seven rounds of talks, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced a pause in the ongoing eighth round, citing “external factors”.

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