Iranian, German FMs urge stronger ties, cooperation on int'l issues

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TEHRAN, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his German counterpart Heiko Maas have called for removing barriers to enhancing bilateral ties and cooperation in diverse international issues, an Iranian Foreign Ministry report said Tuesday.

During the telephone conversation, Amir Abdollahian drew upon the historical ties between Tehran and Berlin and underlined the significance of their expansion.

Maas also pointed to the need to cement relations after resolving the existing problems, implying the removal of U.S.-imposed economic sanctions on Iran.

He noted the German companies' readiness and interest in cooperating with their Iranian partners.

Industrial sectors including renewable energies, power plants, science and technology, as well as agriculture, medicine and environmental fields were discussed as the apt areas for joint work.

With reference to the upcoming talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Amir Abdollahian highlighted the importance of European countries' role in the restoration of the deal and full removal of U.S. anti-Iran sanctions.

Washington is to blame for the current situation with regard to the perils threatening the deal, but "the failure of the three European countries to fulfill their obligations have increasingly deepened (Iranians') mistrust," the Iranian foreign minister said.

Amir Abdollahian also cautioned the European states to avoid what he called "the use of language of force and threats" in the statements and media comments.

"On the path to the (resumption of nuclear) talks, using a language of force and threats is not helpful and Iran will not give in to unfounded propaganda. Any inaccurate comment, which does not comply with the facts, can jeopardize the ongoing efforts," he said.

For his part, Maas vowed Germany's efforts to persuade the United States to re-embrace its nuclear obligations and to help talks bear results.

The two ministers further discussed a host of regional issues and exchanged their views on Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Lebanon, calling for contributions to humanitarian assistance to the countries entangled by crisis. Enditem

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