Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Sri Lanka, Iran in talks for banking deal, direct flights and refinery

Sri Lanka, Iran in talks for banking deal, direct flights and refinery

On Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed that Tehran is open to maintaining the 2015 nuclear deal, which Iran's foreign ministry seeks to redesign without the US' participation.

The country's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif too is seeking to salvage the deal, this weekend commencing a tour with the other signatories in the hopes the agreement can be "re-designed" without the U.S.

Rouhani's statement comes just after President Trump elected to withdraw the USA from the Obama-era deal and begin re-imposing what he called the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran.

Today, Rouhani commented after previously expressing his skepticism regarding the remaining countries in the deal.

May was said to have raised these concerns in a call with Trump on Friday.

It has also highlighted divisions among Iran's political elite.

Sirisena is expected to hold meetings with Rouhani as well as other Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Zarif.

As Iran's foreign minister embarked on a diplomatic tour on Sunday to save the nuclear deal, his government faced mounting pressure from hardliners at home who say the West should never have been trusted.

The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran also described the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a move against morality, convention and global laws, saying, "the commitments of governments in the worldwide system are continuous and no government can withdraw from the commitments that the previous government had made based on the regulations of the United Nations".

May said it is in both Britain's and Iran's national security interests to maintain the deal.

"America's exit aims to break the Iranian people's resistance, which is not new. but today's problem is not US sanctions, it's that some officials look towards outside rather than looking at domestic potential", said Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guard, according to the state news agency IRNA.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful that the United States and Europe could agree on how to deal with Iran, after Trump threatened to sanction European companies that continue doing business there.

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