The Iranian deputy foreign minister delivered a written message from Rouhani to his French counterpart, whose country is a signatory to the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to Press TV.
The two sides exchanged viewpoints on several issues of mutual interest, including regional and international developments and the ways to reduce tensions in the Middle East.
They also emphasized that the JCPOA must be safeguarded as an international, multilateral agreement and one of the most outstanding diplomatic achievements in present history.
Tensions have been running high between Tehran and Washington since last year, when US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the nuclear deal, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The European parties to the JCPOA have since been trying to convince Iran to remain in the pact by promising to shield its economic interests from US sanctions.
In May, a year after the US’s exit, Tehran began reducing its commitments under the JCPOA on a stage-by-stage basis in response to Washington’s pullout and the ensuing European failure to make up for America’s absence.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on July 15 that Tehran’s decision to reduce its commitments to the 2015 nuclear pact was not made out of stubbornness, but rather it aims to give a chance to diplomacy.
Kamalvandi said the move was aimed to awaken the other parties to the JCPOA to honor their obligations.
Araqchi’s visit to France comes two weeks after Emmanuel Bonne, Macron’s top diplomatic adviser, visited Tehran as part of efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.
Rouhani and Macron held a telephone conversation last week, during which the Iranian president said Tehran was determined to “keep all doors open” to keep the JCPOA alive.
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday an urgent meeting of the Joint Commission on the implementation of the nuclear deal will be held at the level of political deputies and directors in the Austrian capital city of Vienna on July 28.