Araqchi in Paris to attend Euromoney Conference

February 10, The Iran Project -Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister in Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi traveled to France’s capital Paris to participate in the second round of Euromoney Iran Conference which held on Thursday (Feb. 8) and co-hosted by Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

The one-day conference aims to bring together Iranian bankers and industrial leaders with their international counterparts to discuss and debate the key issues around Iran’s reintegration into the global economy.

While in Paris, the Iranian diplomat delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the conference and held separate meetings with Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt and Secretary-General of France’s ministry of foreign affairs Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Nicolas de Riviere, the Political Director of the French Foreign Ministry, and Philippe Etienne, a top foreign policy advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the conference.

He also held exclusive interview with Reuters and Italian newspaper “la Repubblica”.

Addressing the conference, Araqchi said the West must ensure the Iran 2015 nuclear deal succeeds before trying to negotiate other issues.

“Now they ask Iran to enter discussions on other issues. Our answer is clear: Make the (deal) a successful experience and then we discuss other issues,” Araghchi added.

During the meeting, Araqchi and Burt exchanged views on the latest developments regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

In a meantime, Araqchi and Gourdault-Montagne held talks over bilateral and international issues.

Moreover, the Iranian official discussed a range of issues with de Riviere and Etienne.

Speaking to Reuters on the sidelines of a Euromoney conference in Paris, Araqchi highlighted Iran’s efforts to restore calm to the terror-hit region and said there was no link between its influence in the Middle East region and the accord, under which Iran restricted its production of enriched uranium – a potential source of nuclear bombs as well as civilian energy – in exchange for a removal of international sanctions.

Also talking to Italian newspaper “la Repubblica”, he said for Europeans, the nuclear deal is considered a success, but not for Iran, noting that, “Iran has not gained a wholesome benefit from the sanctions ease, and there is a lot of pressure on the government. We are constantly criticized for remaining committed to the nuclear deal while the other parties to the agreement do not respect it.”