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Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to the relocation of sanctions removal talks from Vienna to one of the Persian Gulf states (to be announced this week), attributed this to the convenience of the parties and their relations with the hosting country.

Iran PressIran news: Saeed Khatibzadeh, in a press conference on Monday and in response to a question raised by Iran Press correspondent about the reason for the change of venue, while calling the move a normal one, said: "What is happening in these talks is a discussion about two or three cases of lifting sanctions and it could be in any country and it has no other sign."

He then answered our reporter's next question about Mr. Borrell's visit to Tehran and the presence of Ms. Afkham, Director General of Women and Human Rights, in these negotiations.

In a tweet, Mr.Josep Borrell called for the release of EU citizens and whether the trip had any unintended consequences.

Khatibzadeh said: "Other issues were raised during this trip, including consular talks."

Iran has expressed its concern for all its nationals in parts of Europe and, in particular, our diplomat, who is in prison as a result of obvious human rights abuses.

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The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs added: "Apart from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), bilateral and regional issues were also raised, which will definitely not be reached through a meeting."

In the end, he expressed hope that "After this week, we will see more negotiations with the European Union."


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