0155 GMT July 18, 2019
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized France for not doing enough to preserve the 2015 nuclear agreement.
He made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly Marielle de Sarnez in Tehran on Saturday.
“Despite holding many negotiations, the French president’s promise to the Iranian president about preserving the nuclear deal was not fulfilled, in fact, we should say that the INSTEX remained on the paper,” Larijani said.
European countries has established the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) to facilitate trade with Iran and circumvent US sanctions which were reimposed on Tehran following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018.
However, the European countries have not yet managed to operationalize the financial system.
The top Iranian parliamentarian underlined the importance of economic relations between Tehran and Paris. However, he complained that, how both countries can economically cooperate while there is no banking transaction between the two countries.
The French official said that France is seeking to enhance its scientific, cultural, medical and sports relations with Iran.
She also said that France is committed to the nuclear deal and is trying to operationalize the INSTEX.
Marielle de Sarnez touched upon the ongoing crises in the Middle East region, stressing that the security of the region is of great importance for Paris.
She said that France is calling for resolution of Syrian crisis through political means as well as establishing peace in Yemen which has been under deadly attacks by a Saudi-led coalition since 2015.