In a statement, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed its country’s “full readiness to provide an atmosphere that helps all parties make the dialogue a success,” according to the Qatar News Agency (QNA).
The ministry expressed Qatar’s hope that the round of indirect talks would culminate in positive results that contribute to reviving the nuclear agreement signed in 2015, in a way that supports and enhances security, stability and peace in the region and opens new horizons for broader regional cooperation and dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the statement.
According to QNA, Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, Secretary-General of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with Ali Bagheri Kani, Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of Iran, who is currently visiting Qatar, and during the meeting, “the bilateral cooperation relations between the two countries” were reviewed.
On Monday, the US State Department confirmed that there will be “indirect talks” between the United States and Iran in the Qatari capital, Doha, this week.
A spokesman for the US State Department said, on Monday evening, that the US special envoy for Iran affairs, Robert Malley, will meet with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha.
“We are grateful to our partners in the European Union, who continue to convey messages and are working to move these negotiations forward,” the spokesperson added. (the 2015 nuclear deal) but for that, Iran must decide to drop its additional demands that go beyond the agreement.”
A diplomatic source familiar with the visit said that the US special envoy for Iran is expected to meet the Qatari foreign minister in Doha, on Monday. The source added that the Iranian negotiator Ali Bagheri will meet with Qatari officials the next day, on Tuesday.
The high-level visits come after the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said at a press conference in Tehran on Saturday that his team would mediate possible future indirect talks between the United States and Iran “in a Gulf country”.
Talks will focus on “outstanding issues” related to the implementation of the JCPOA.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told CNN during a press conference Monday that progress in Iran’s nuclear enrichment and centrifuges field “can be undone” provided an agreement is reached with world powers.
US President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure from key US allies in the Middle East to come up with a viable plan to constrain Iran, as hopes of reviving the 2015 nuclear deal fade as Biden prepares for his first trip as president to Israel and Saudi Arabia next month.
Malley told US lawmakers last month that “nothing is on the table” when it comes to ensuring that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, including military action, but stressed that the US position was that “the only real solution here is a diplomatic one.”