TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A delegation of French parliamentarians visited Tehran and held a meeting with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi on various issues, including the JCPOA and the fight against terrorism.

During the Monday talks, Araqchi discussed various bilateral, regional and international issues with the French delegation, which included Philippe Bonnecarrere, president of France-Iran Friendship Group at the French Senate, and Delphine O, the President of France-Iran Friendship Group at the French National Assembly.

In the gathering, Araqchi welcomed the French government and Europe’s efforts to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and expressed the hope that the efforts could lead to practical and operational strategies, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.

He also praised France’s resolve to stand against the US’s unilateralism as well as the extra-regional laws and said through its unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US has not only violated a UN Security Council resolution but also put pressure on other states to follow in its footsteps.

“If the Iran nuclear deal collapses, the political situation of the Middle East will get more complicated and above all, a successful diplomacy experience in the world will end up in failure,” he said.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister then elaborated on the Islamic Republic’s regional policies and said Iran’s policy is preserving stability and expanding security in the region.

“Iran fought ISIS as the most destabilizing element in the region and stands against any division of regional countries or demarcation of regional boundaries,” he added.

For their parts, the French lawmakers underlined the French parliament’s support for the JCPOA and said developing a mechanism for banking ties and making sure that Iran reaps the benefits of the Iran nuclear deal is a top priority.

The members of the parliamentary delegation also thanked the Islamic Republic for its undeniable role in the fight against ISIL.