Nov 12, 2018 18:07 Asia/Tehran

Former German Foreign Minister said that concentration of media on Khashoggi case is strange while Yemeni children are being killed without international notice.

Iran Press/Iran News:  In a meeting with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran, Sigmar Gabriel added,

Germany has some problems with the Saudi kingdom and it has even stopped arms sales to the country.

According to Mehr News Agency, regretting the absence of Europe in solving the Syrian crisis, the German diplomat said that Europe can put forward solutions for such crises.

Touching upon the latest status of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he went on to say that Germany and France are more committed than other countries to the agreement. These commitments are beyond the case of Iran because if Europe gives the US an inch, it will take a mile, he added.

US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the nuclear agreement in May and reintroduced sanctions on Iran in August. The second wave of sanctions, which targets Iran’s oil exports and central bank, started in early November.

Despite Trump's hostile policy towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on October 6, that the EU should remain strong on its' commitment to the historic Iran nuclear deal.

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British Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire also said on October 14, compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an international agreement is the basis of 'our relations with Iran'.

More over, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on October 22, that Donald Trump administration could smoothen the way for dialogue by adhering to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and stopping its' unilateral sanctions.

Many SME firms in Germany which do not rely on the United States are eager to cooperate with Iran, Sigmar highlighted.

For his part, Larijani pointed to the long history of ties between the two countries, adding that after signing JCPOA, a tangible increase in Iran-Europe relations was evident.

However, the behavior of the US President Donald Trump not only has caused issues for Iran but also for European countries, while creating a bad situation in the international field, Larijani said.

Larijani also called on European countries to play a more independent role and distance themselves from the US, saying that independence from the US will be in Europe’s favor. 105


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