French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Paris is committed to defend the nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached between Iran and G5+1(US, UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany), amid concerns that one of those countries, namely the United States, may act to breach it.
Upon arrival in Tehran, the French FM said being bound to the JCPOA benefits all. He said it is necessary that Iran remains committed to the deal, too.
There are real concerns about the US government stance towards the nuclear deal, Ayrault added.
“We want this agreement to be respected,” he said, emphasizing that it was a “common interest” to sustain the accord.
In a rare stance taken toward the new US administration, the French foreign minister also denounced recent US bans on nationals from Iran and six other countries and said Paris would be doubling the visa quota for Iranians.
“This has nothing to do with fighting terrorism,” Ayrault told the reporters. He said he thought the order was “dangerous,” amounted to “discrimination,” and had to be revoked.
Heading a senior politico-economic delegation, the French foreign minister arrived in the Iranian capital on Monday for a two-day official visit. Ayrault plans to meet with President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.