Iran nuclear chief met senior world officials in Oslo

June 21, The Iran Project – Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), has traveled to Norway on June 18 to attend Oslo Forum and discuss world issues including Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA).

While in Oslo, Salehi sat with several top world officials including UN Secretary-General António Guterres, German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen,  Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide, Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid as well as Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi.

Also, Salehi visited Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) and held talks with its directors and experts.

In a meeting with Guterres, Salehi said that Iran finds Europe’s proposals to save JCPOA “inadequate”.

Describing US policies towards JCPOA as detrimental, Salehi touched on the history of US enmity with Iran, noting that US unconstructive anti-Iran policies are doomed to failure.

Guterres, for his part, stated that saving JCPOA has a significant effect on world security, and explicitly supported the deal.

Talking to Salehi, Annen reiterated his country and EU’s support for the JCPOA.

The two sides also exchanged their views on the future of Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA and the unlawful US withdrawal from it.

In a meeting with Iran nuclear chief, Solberg stressed that the JCPOA was a great achievement for the world, adding Norway was seriously demanding to preserve the pact.

Salehi, in turn, called for expanding bilateral relations, especially in the economic, investment and trade areas, while expressing his appreciation to Norway’s support for Iran nuclear deal.

Talking to Salehi, Soreide said Oslo backs endeavors by the European Union to maintain landmark Iran nuclear deal.

Salehi, for his part, hailed Norway’s supports from JCPOA, calling for expansion of all-out ties between the two countries.

He also stressed the significance of EU’s political and economic supports from JCPOA aimed at gaining tangible benefits from the deal.

In a meeting with senior Iranian nuclear official, Schmid said that 100 European companies will enter business talks with the Iranian sides in the near future.

She underlined that the EU is duty bound to find an efficient solution for banking transactions and trading with Iran.

Salehi, in turn, said that sticking to the JCPOA and at the same time suffering from sanctions is not satisfactory for Iran.

In a meeting attended by Salehi, Head of the NRPA Ole Harbitz explained duties and responsibilities of the center and shared Norway’s experiences in facing nuclear incidents in other countries .

On Thursday June 21), Iran’s nuclear chief Ali held talks with Omani foreign minister. The talks focused on the latest developments surrounding Iran’s nuclear deal and regional issues.

The Oslo Forum 2018 held in Losby Manor located outside the Norwegian capital Oslo on June 19-20.

Oslo Forum brings together officials from 100 countries to discuss major international implications as well as ways of working for international peace.

Oslo Forum is a series of retreats for international conflict mediators, high-level decision-makers, and other peace process actors. It provides a discreet and informal space to reflect on current mediation practice, collaborate across institutional and conceptual divides and advance negotiations. From a modest gathering of mediators in 2003, the Oslo Forum has grown to become the pre-eminent retreat in the field of international peacemaking.