0932 GMT February 24, 2020
Araqchi on Monday held a meeting with Philipp Ackermann, Director General of Germany’s Foreign Ministry, who is responsible for political relations with 110 states in the Near and Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Tasnim News Agency reported.
During the Tehran meeting, Araqchi criticized the lengthy process of finalization of INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges).
Araqchi said creation of INSTEX was only part of the commitments that the EU3, Britain, France and Germany, has undertaken under the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The European side is expected to make more serious efforts for the achievement of practical and tangible results of the JCPOA and for the immediate implementation of INSTEX,” he stressed.
The Iranian diplomat underlined that “political will alone” would not suffice for saving the JCPOA, urging Europe to “take practical measures and pay the price” to salvage the nuclear deal.
Araqchi also deplored Germany’s decision to halt flights by Iranian carrier Mahan Air to its airports, calling on Berlin to review its decision.
The German official hailed the JCPOA as a successful result of diplomacy, decried the US move to withdraw from the nuclear deal, and reaffirmed his country’s determination to support it.
Ackermann said that German companies have become more interested in working with Iran after formation of the INSTEX, stressing that Berlin prioritizes efforts to implement the payment channel.
INSTEX is planned to be based in Paris and be managed by a German banking expert. Britain will head the supervisory board.
The European countries are reportedly going to use the channel initially only to sell food, medicine and medical devices in Iran.