Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister conferred with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg this evening (Wednesday) at a meeting in Vienna.

Iran Press/Europe: In this meeting, which was held in a friendly atmosphere, the bilateral relations were reviewed and while emphasizing the will of the two sides to deepen cooperation in various fields, issues of mutual interest were discussed too.

The two sides also discussed the latest status of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA) meeting in Vienna.

During the meeting, Araghchi appreciated the Austrian government for its efforts and hospitality; meanwhile, the Iranian diplomat explained Iran's stance on JCPOA and the need for a complete lifting of sanctions and practical steps that the US government must take to return to the nuclear deal.

While emphasizing the readiness of the Austrian government to provide the necessary facilities and make every effort to create a suitable atmosphere for the holding of these talks in Vienna, Schallenberg emphasized that the conclusion of these talks is in the interest of all of us.

The meeting was also attended by the Austrian Deputy Foreign Minister and the Iranian Ambassador to Austria.

After holding a virtual meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission last Friday with the presence of the delegations of Iran and the P5 + 1 and the representative of the European Union, the parties agreed to hold a face-to-face meeting on Tuesday 6th April to continue the unfinished discussions.

The meeting took place yesterday, and the participating parties decided to set up two expert working groups on nuclear and sanction issues and to present the results at Friday's meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna.

Under Trump's administration, the US government unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in defiance of international resolutions and imposed maximum pressure on Iran by imposing unprecedented sanctions, and even during the outbreak of the coronavirus, it prevented Iran from gaining access to its resources in other countries for the import of medicine and food.

Two years after the US withdrew from the JCPOA and the European parties delayed in fulfilling their obligations under the agreement, Iran began to take steps to reduce its obligations and announced that if all sanctions are lifted and the other parties fulfill their obligations, it reverses the compensatory measures.