French envoy: Europe to define policies toward Iran this week

IRNA – Ambassador of France in Washington said that Europe would define its policies toward Iran this week.

“Next week, the EU will define its Iran policy after the US decision: meetings of the MFA on Monday, of the E3 MFA and HR with the Iranian MFA on Tuesday and EU summit on Wednesday. Iran and US sanctions,” Gérard Araud wrote on his Twitter account.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will embark on an intensive tour of China, Russia and Belgium late Saturday to explore ways of preserving the JCPOA’s with Europe and other parties to the deal, ministry’s spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday.

Zarif will leave for China, Russia and seat of European Union at the order of President Hassan Rouhani to exchange views with Europe and other parties to the JCPOA on the survival of the deal following US departure, he added.

Zarif will hold talks with Chinese officials on the first leg of his tour which will take him to Moscow later.

On Tuesday, he will leave for Belgium to sit down for talks with foreign ministers of E3 (Britain, France and Germany) and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini in Brussels.

Following US unlawful and unilateral exit from the JCPOA, parties to the international pact have started negotiations to keep the deal in the absence of the US.