Iranian Ambassador stresses the importance of media

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IO, Jakarta – After more than four years in Jakarta, Iran’s Ambassador to Indonesia Valiollah Mohammadi, finally says goodbye to the media crew.  In his farewell message, he encourages the two countries to get to know each other’s potential. “I consider Indonesia as a country that has the ability to cooperate with the world, starting from neighboring countries, Islamic countries, to developed countries,” said Ambassador Valiollah at his Jakarta residence, (26/7).

According to Valiollah, Indonesia and Iran are considered to be less familiar with the each other’s potential and this continues to be an obstacle in the development of cooperation between the two countries. “There needs to be socialization regarding the potential of each country,” he added.

He considered the role of the media as important for the development of relations between the two countries.  No longer simply important, said Valiollah, even the media has a decisive role.

For him, the relationship between Indonesia and Iran has actually progressed.  It’s just that the flow of relations has not been aligned with the existing potentials of each country.

Valiollah said that the main issue becomes the task of his successor ambassador.  The new Ambassador, His Excellency Mohammad K.H.  Azad, is very familiar with Indonesia because he has been assigned in Indonesia twice before.  “First when I was a young diplomat, and the second time as the Deputy Ambassador of Iran; therefore, he can speak Indonesian too,” he explained.

About nuclear problems, Valiollah also added and stressed that Teheran would consistently reduce its commitment to the 2015 nuclear agreement (JCPOA) if European countries do not seek solutions to alleviate the economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

In 2018, the US unilaterally withdrew from an agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  “After a year of US withdrawal, Iran announced it was time to reduce our commitment to JCPOA. We gave 60 days to other countries who were involved in the agreement to act and resolve the problems faced,” the Ambassador said

Iran has carried out two stages of reducing JCPOA’s commitment.  First, Iran says it has stockpiled enriched uranium in excess of JCPOA provisions. Second, Tehran also enriched uranium beyond the agreement of 3.67% limit.

“We convey to the US: if they once again commit to the 2015 nuclear agreement, they can rejoin the JCPOA committee and negotiations can continue,” he said. (Rei)