Araqchi to Outline Tehran Foreign Policy in UK Forum

Araqchi to Outline Tehran Foreign Policy in UK ForumAraqchi to Outline Tehran Foreign Policy in UK Forum

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi is slated to outline Iran's foreign policy priorities in 2018 and beyond in a speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, on Thursday, the institute's website announced.

"How does Iran view its role in the Middle East and on the world stage more broadly? And how have attitudes and expectations towards the nuclear deal changed since it was agreed?" are some of the questions Araqchi will answer in his address to the top international think tank, commonly known as Chatham House. 

He was a member of Iran's team engaged in two years of negotiations with the six major powers that produced the historic nuclear agreement in July 2015.

Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the pact went into force six month from its conclusion to curtail Tehran's nuclear work in return for the removal of international sanctions.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the lead nuclear negotiator, jointly with his then US counterpart John Kerry, won the high-profile Chatham House Prize in October 2016 as the deal's main facilitators.

The prize is presented annually to a person, persons or organization deemed by members of the London-based institute to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations in the previous year.

The nuclear deal was one that many thought impossible. Overcoming enormous technical complexity, entrenched domestic opposition in the United States and Iran, as well as three decades of intense hostility between their two countries, Kerry and Zarif's leadership and commitment, in particular, were imperative to sustaining and driving the negotiations to their successful conclusion.

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