Tehran (IP) - Iran and Portugal have held the third round of their political consultations in a virtual meeting.

Iran Press/Iran News: During the Wednesday talks, the director-general for Western Europe affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and director-general for political affairs at the Portuguese foreign ministry exchanged views on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues.

The two sides highlighted age-old relations between the two countries and discussed ways of upgrading mutual ties in political, economic, and cultural domains.

They also reviewed developments in West Asia, especially in the Persian Gulf region, and underscored the only way to solve regional problems was dialogue, cooperation, and confidence-building.

The two sides further welcomed initiatives to enhance relations based on international principles and regulations.

The Portuguese official pointed out that his country while holding the European Council's presidency, sought to establish closer engagement with Iran with regards to regional and international issues.

The two sides also reiterated the significance of preserving the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a major achievement of multilateral diplomacy.

They stressed the need to back constructive diplomatic efforts to ensure the full implementation of obligations under the JCPOA.

For his part, the Iranian official stressed that Iran would fully comply with its commitments only after US sanctions were completely lifted.

He said the Iranian government was committed to implementing the parliament’s legislation on sanctions at the designated time as specified in Iran’s letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He also called on Portugal to tap into its diplomatic potential in that regard while it holds the rotating presidency of the European Council.