Foreign ministers of three of the European countries involved in the Iran nuclear deal will hold a meeting with Iranian representatives to discuss the future of the agreement.
“We will meet with my British and German colleagues on Monday, and also with representatives of Iran, to consider the entire situation,” French Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview with French radio.
The announcement of the summit comes after US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the US would withdraw from the accord.
After Trump’s decision, the leaders of France, Germany and the UK all said they want to continue the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), even without US involvement.
Le Drian said in the interview: “the deal is not dead”, and that French President Emmanuel Macron would reach out to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss the future of the JCPOA.
Germany has reiterated that it wants to uphold the deal. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said “the deal makes the world safer”, adding that Germany could find no legitimate reason for pulling out of the deal.
On Twitter, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said he regretted the US no longer taking part in the nuclear deal.
“UK remains strongly committed to the JCPoA, and will work with E3 partners and the other parties to the deal to maintain it,” he added.
Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s top diplomat, called on the international community to preserve the deal.
“The EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal,” Mogherini said from Brussels.
Iran has said it also remains committed to the deal.
In a response, President Rouhani said: “If we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place.
On Tuesday, Trump announced the US would withdraw from the JCPOA and reinstate sanctions against Iran.
Source: Al jazeera News