As talks on the 2015 nuclear deal resumed in Vienna, Israeli FM Yair Lapid visited London and Paris to discuss Iran.
The United Kingdom and Israel will “work night and night to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power”, the foreign ministers of the two countries wrote in a joint article.
“The clock is ticking, which highlights the need for closer cooperation with our allies and friends to thwart Tehran’s ambitions,” UK’s Liz Truss and her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid wrote in The Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.
Lapid arrived in London on Sunday for a two-day visit to Britain and France, a day before talks on the resumption of Iran’s nuclear program in Vienna.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier in the day that his country was “very concerned” that world powers would lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for an inadequate cap on its nuclear program, as negotiators convened in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort. Huh. Salvage a nuclear deal.
Israeli Channel 13 reported that a primary goal of Lapid’s visit to the UK and France is to ensure that banking sanctions against Iran remain in place.
According to The Telegraph, Lapid is expected to sign several agreements with his British counterpart Truss on Monday, including a 10-year deal to work together on areas such as cyber security, technology, trade and defence.
The foreign ministers said in the article that Israel will officially become Britain’s “Tier One” cyber-partner, as countries around the world face increasing threats.
Lapid then is scheduled to attend an event hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where both officials will deliver speeches.
The foreign minister is scheduled to visit France on Monday night, ahead of a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday afternoon.
With Tehran sticking to its tough stance and Western powers increasingly frustrated, their hopes of a breakthrough to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal seem dwindling.
Diplomats say the time is running out to revive the agreement, which was abandoned by then US President Donald Trump in 2018, angering Iran and the other powers involved – the UK, China, France, Germany and Russia. disappointed.
There were six rounds of indirect talks between April and June. The new round begins after a gap that began after the election of a new Iranian president, Ibrahim Raisi, a staunch Muslim leader.
Western diplomats say Tehran’s new negotiating team has made demands that US and European diplomats consider unrealistic.
The demands include the lifting of all US and EU sanctions imposed since 2017, including those not related to Iran’s nuclear program.