Negotiator: GECF reception shows new global approach to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said the participation of such a large number of heads of state and government of GECF member countries is an indication of a renewed approach by the global community towards Iran.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Ministerial Meeting of the Gas Exporting Courtiers Forum (GECF), the first high level international event in Iran following Iran’s July nuclear deal, Araghchi said the new approach on the country has formed up following the deal Iran struck with world powers in Vienna.

“The 3rd GECF Summit Meeting will be the first high level event in Iran after the nuclear deal… the wide reception of the summit is an indication of the renewed approach of the global community towards Iran in the post-JCPOA era,” said the top diplomat.

Araghchi, who is also the legal and international affairs deputy of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the impact of the removal of sanctions can be seen in events like the summit.

Addressing press conference last week, Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said heads of state and presidents of 9 GECF member countries and guests have confirmed their presence in the November 23 summit meeting of the forum.

“The geopolitics and potentialities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are unparalleled in the region,” said Araghchi, underlining the country’s vast oil and gas reserves which must be seen as one of its biggest capacities.

“Unfortunately, during the past decade, exploitation of the country’s rich resources fell at the hurdles [created by the sanctions] which are to be removed by the JCPOA.”

“Once the international restrictions are removed, the path will be opened for Iran’s economic growth and the administration is seriously pursuing the implementation of the resistive economy principles,” he said.

By Fars News Agency