Simon Coveney to travel to Iran over nuclear programme

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney will meet with Iranian Preisdent Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as part of a diplomatic mission to facilitate Iran's nuclear deal.

Minister Zarif said that he will present "Iran's constructive, concrete plan of action" regarding the country's nuclear programme to Minister Coveney, on Friday March 5.

As a member of the UN Security Council, Ireland was named Facilitator for Resolution between the council and Iran on their nuclear deal.

Minister Coveney is meeting to facilitate Iran's movement to full compliance to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed in 2015, with the intention that Iran restrict their nuclear plan in return for relief of sanctions to the country.

Ireland is a strong supporter of the JCPOA. In our role as Facilitator, Ireland is keen to maintain a close dialogue with all actors, and encourage all parties to return to full compliance with the agreement, Coveney told AFP ahead of the visit.

The visit will also be a valuable opportunity to discuss the JCPOA, along with other key issues in the Middle East, many of which feature on the agenda of the Security Council.

This visit also comes at an important moment in our bilateral relationship, following the decision of the government this week to designate a Charg dAffaires to Tehran, and to work towards the re-establishment of an Irish Embassy in Tehran by 2023.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew the United Sates from the accords in 2018, and imposed sanctions on the country after stating that the deal had failed to stop Iran's missile program.

US President Joe Biden said that he hopes Iran would "engage" in diplomacy after European allies, France, Germany and Britain, made a show of compromise by dropping a plan to censure Iran's capital, Tehran, on Thursday, March 4.

Iran has insisted that it will not return to full compliance until the former sanctions placed by the United States has been lifted.