Iran, Spain discuss JCPOA, regional issues

IRNA – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi and President of the Senate of Spain Pío García-Escudero reviewed parliamentary cooperation, Iran deal and regional and International issues.

Thanks to Iran nuclear deal, the volume of trade ties between Tehran and Madrid reached €2b last year, Araqchi said.

Over 3,000 Spanish firms also joined Iran market, he added.

Araqchi went on to say that US measures affected trade activities.

‘Iranian parliament is pursuing this issue seriously, he said, adding we believe that European parliaments will be effective in maintaining cooperation with European governments to lift barriers.’

García-Escudero, for his part, expressed condolences over the terrorist attack which happened earlier in south of Iran and slammed terrorist acts in general.

Spain is completely aware of the US cruel sanctions and also of Iranians’ problems, he said.

The Spanish government and the EU support Iran nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and is aimed to minimize the effects of sanctions, he reiterated.

US withdrawal from the JCPOA caused serious challenge for security in the Middle East, he said, adding it will also affect other areas like Europe.

García-Escudero underlined the fact that Iran is playing a major role in the region, noting that European countries including Spain are against sanctions and US walkaway from the JCPOA.

He urged Iran not to hesitate about Europe’s determination and goodwill for solving problems resulted by US withdrawal from Iran deal.