Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on Wednesday voiced support for the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which was reached between Iran and the major world powers.
“My country stresses that the JCPOA must be preserved,” Kalla told visiting Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar in Jakarta, IRNA reported.
He said Indonesia is interested in promoting economic ties with Iran particularly in energy fields.
Ebtekar also said the nuclear deal has led to preserving global peace and security.
The Iranian and Indonesian vice presidents discussed bilateral economic, commercial and banking relations as well as global developments.
Ebtekar delivered a message of President Hassan Rouhani on the JCPOA to her Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo to Kalla.
Earlier, she held talks with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi who also supported the JCPOA.
“The Indonesian government has always backed diplomacy as the most important mechanism to settle international problems. It has been a supporter of the JCPOA and wants all signatories to the deal to remain committed to it in a bid to contribute to global peace and stability,” Marsudi said.
Ebtekar said Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population, along with the international community can a play an important role in preserving the nuclear deal.
On Tuesday, Ebtekar delivered Rouhani’s letter regarding the JCPOA to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The Malaysian premier called for continuation of bilateral ties.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement and that he plans to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic, jeopardizing the survival of the landmark accord.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Since the US president pulled Washington out of the historic nuclear deal, European countries have been scrambling to ensure that Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal. The remaining parties have vowed to stay in the accord.