In an effort to move along talks aimed at restoring Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran.
In a visit where he is also scheduled to meet Iran’s security chief Ali Shamkhani, the top Qatari diplomat arrived in the Iranian capital on Wednesday afternoon.
The visit comes two days after Doha hosted indirect talks between Iran and the United States in late June under EU shuttle diplomacy.
As major disagreements over the scope and guarantees on the lifting of US-imposed sanctions remain between Tehran and Washington, the talks concluded without any progress and no more negotiations have been scheduled so far.
Washington has no plan for another round of talks at the moment, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday.
Stating that Iran lacks seriousness and is not committed, Price also said Tehran has “consistently introduced extraneous demands that go beyond the four walls of the JCPOA.”
A series of phone calls between stakeholders to discuss the fate of the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the US unilaterally abandoned in 2018, also precedes Al Thani’s trip.
Amir-Abdollahian and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, separately had a phone call on Tuesday.