Qatar hosts a round of “indirect” talks between the US and Iran starting this Tuesday to resolve the bilateral difficulties that prevent reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, the authorities of the Arab country reported. .
The negotiating round, whose format was not made explicit at any time by the parties involved, among which is the European Union (EU) as “sponsor”, began with the arrival in Doha in the last hours of the negotiators from both Iran and from the USA
In announcing the meeting, Qatar pointed out that its hope is “that the round of indirect talks culminates with positive results that contribute to reviving the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 for the reinforcement of security, stability and peace in the region and open new horizons for broader regional cooperation and dialogue with the Islamic Republic”.
Precisely this Tuesday the United States special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, confirmed his presence in Doha with a meeting with the Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohamed bin Abderrahman al Thani.
Malley and Al Thani “discussed the strong partnership between Qatar and the US and our joint diplomatic efforts to address issues with Iran,” the US embassy in Doha reported on its official Twitter account, without disclosing further details.
For their part, the Iranian authorities also confirmed this morning that their chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, is already in the Qatari capital.
Three days ago, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, announced from Tehran the imminent start of “indirect” talks to break the “impasse” between the US and Iran and save the nuclear pact in a country in the Persian Gulf and not in Vienna, as before.
According to the Qatari television channel Al Jazeera, the Doha negotiations will be mediated by the Spaniard Enrique Mora, political director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and coordinator of the nuclear agreement talks.
The talks for the reactivation of the 2015 nuclear agreement have been paralyzed since March, after more than a year of dialogue and very close to the agreement being closed, due to the disagreement between Washington and Tehran regarding bilateral issues.
One of those issues has to do with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran insists that the United States lift sanctions against the elite military, something that Washington seems unwilling to do.
Borrell assured in Tehran that the fundamental issues of the nuclear pact are closed, such as the nuclear aspects or the lifting of sanctions, so the US and Iran still need to reach an agreement on pending issues between them.
The 2015 nuclear deal limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, but then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned it in 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions against Iran.
Tehran responded a year later by ramping up its nuclear efforts and enriching uranium.