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Senior Iranian Diplomat, Delegation To Visit Paris Monday 'To Discuss Proposal'

Abbas Araqchi (Araghchi), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, speaks to the media after the meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 and Iran, in Vienna, July 28, 2019

Iran's presidential chief of staff says deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi and a delegation will visit Paris on Monday September 2, to deal with “the proposal being discussed between Iran and France”.

President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi without providing further information told state television, “An economic delegation comprised of various departments will take part in [Araqchi’s] meeting to clarify the dimensions of the proposal”.

Since Washington’s withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran has been asking Europe to ignore U.S. sanctions and continue trade. Recently, reports indicate that French President Emmanuel Macron has offered Iran economic incentives in order to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Vaezi further clarified, “France shared a proposal with us two weeks ago and we have revised a substantial part of it.” He added that the proposal is the result of five hours of phone discussions between Macron and Rouhani.

On August 31 Iran disclosed that in their latest phone call Rouhani warned Macron if Europe does not honor its obligations under the nuclear accord, Iran will take another step to reduce its commitments. Tehran announced in May it will gradually reduce its obligations and enrich more uranium if Europe does not respond to its demands.