Washington 0
19 May 2021

After a Joint Commission meeting in Vienna, EU High Representative Enrique Mora indicated that “I am quite sure that there will be a final agreement ... I think we are on the right track”. Iran’s lead negotiator remarked that “good progress has been made, and there are certain key issues that call for more consultation and decisions to be made in the capitals, which we hope will be reached in the next few days so that we can reach a conclusion on them in the next round of the talks”. The following day, President Rouhani said that “the other sides… [had] accepted to lift all the main sanctions, including oil, petrochemical, shipping, insurance, central bank and banks, and in this regard, the main agreement has been reached and we are discussing some issues to reach a final agreement”. A senior U.S. diplomat indicated that proceedings had been “positive and we saw meaningful progress… Nevertheless, important differences remain, which still need to be addressed”.

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