In effort to revive nuclear deal Iran claims India is trying to bring the P5+1 and Tehran "closer"

Tehran: According to New Delhi, the general strengthening of relations between the two countries depends on the resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

Economic ties between Iran and India deteriorated after former President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the US from the JCPOA in 2018 and impose sanctions on American and foreign companies doing business with Tehran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahiyan has praised New Delhi for its efforts to bring together the P5+1 countries—the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and Germany—and Tehran to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan. Can you Action (JCPOA), also known as the "Iran Nuclear Deal".

The Iranian foreign minister also said in the statement that Tehran is still committed to fulfilling the agreements signed during his visit to India in June this year, including strengthening trade ties and expanding trade through the Chabahar port. is included.

Abdullahiyan also reaffirmed his earlier call for a Joint Economic Commission meeting between New Delhi and Tehran to finalize a "preferential trade agreement" between the two countries, according to the statement.

Since the JCPOA negotiations resumed in April last year, the Indian government, which has contributed over $500 million to Chabahar's development, has supported full operation of the port.

The Indian finance minister said that if the two countries take forward "important issues" such as the Joint Economic Commission, their relationship "will develop comprehensively and over time."

After the US unilaterally pulled out of the deal in 2018, former President Donald Trump threatened to impose sanctions on any domestic or foreign company doing business with Tehran.

Even though New Delhi's investment in the port was exempt from sanctions, the threat of Western sanctions on doing business with Iran affected the interests of Indian companies in Tehran as they would face "secondary sanctions" if economic ties were increased. Will have to face

Western sanctions also forced New Delhi to cut its purchases of Iranian crude, previously India's top energy supplier.

Expectations around a revival of the 2015 nuclear deal have risen after European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josef Borrell presented what was described as the "final text" of the negotiating agreement on 8 August.

Through the European Union, the US and Iran are currently negotiating the revised JCPOA agreement.

Tehran has sought assurances that a return to the deal would lift Iran's economic opportunities by lifting Western sanctions.

As part of the final agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been urged by a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry to halt its investigations into three Iranian nuclear sites: Turkazabad, Varamin and Marivan.

The US said last week that the revival of the nuclear deal was not related to an investigation into the alleged uranium presence of three sites, which Tehran had previously failed to declare.

Recent talks between the P5+1 and Iran stalled in March this year and resumed last month, due to disagreements between Washington and Tehran.

A senior Iranian official said on Monday that Tehran is making requests with world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, one of which marks the end of the United Nations nuclear agency's investigation of its nuclear activities.

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