Tehran (IP) - Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh answered reporters about the Iran-Saudi Arabia talks, Hajj pilgrims, the US position on JCPOA, the release of Iranian ships in Indonesia, and developments in Iraq.

Iran PressIran news: Khatibzadeh said that the talks with Saudi Arabia are still going on and added: "These talks are going on in a good atmosphere, and we hope this will lead to a common understanding between the two sides."

He pointed out: "There have been extensive consultations regarding Hajj to send pilgrims this year. Preliminary agreements have been reached, which have been positive."

The Foreign Ministry spokesman also referred to the Vienna talks and said: "These talks have nothing to do with other issues, including prisoners. For Iran, the release of unjustly and illegally imprisoned people in the United States under baseless accusations has been a definite priority."

"If the US government facilitates this humanitarian issue, it will create a better atmosphere for even talks in Vienna," he said. "This has always been on our agenda, and if everything is in the right direction, we will not hesitate to save our citizens from injustice," the spokesman noted.

Khatibzadeh also said in response to a question about the nuclear talks in Vienna: "Serious decisions must be made on some key issues. I think we are at the point where certain decisions need to be made on some issues."

Regarding the release of the Iranian ship in Indonesia, he referred to the Foreign Ministry's efforts in this regard and said: "The Foreign Ministry worked from the first to the last day and met with the Indonesian ambassador many times. Of course, the court did not find the main charges against the ship, and the part that it accepted was the part that the competent Indonesian court showed that this issue had been resolved in an impartial judicial context."

He said: "Everyone should know that Iran is very sensitive about shipping and international law, and we are more careful and obsessive about our friends."

On upcoming elections in Iraq and the arrest of one of the leaders of Al-Hashdal Shaabi, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "We have always called on all parties in Iraq to resolve their differences; within the framework of legal mechanisms. We certainly do not comment on the Iraqi internal issues, and we have always done our best to make Iraq more stable, secure, and peaceful every day."

Regarding the remarks of the US Secretary of State, who said that he is seeking to strengthen the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to include Iran's stabilizing activities in the region, the proliferation of weapons, etc., he said: "Return to their obligations under Resolution 2231 and the JCPOA. This is the best choice for the US government."

"If there are other issues to even think about, there is a long list of destructive actions by the United States and its allies in the region, and if the United States is ready to talk about them, there is definitely a long list of actions," he said.


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