Lapid arrives in London, as showdown over sanctions on Iran’s banks takes shape

November 28, 2021
Talks in Vienna on renewing nuclear deal begin, with foreign minister set to meet with Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron to push for sanctions on financial sector to remain in place

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with 26 EU foreign ministers in Brussels, July 12, 2021

Lazar Berman writes in Times of Israel, “A day before talks on Iran’s nuclear program restart in Vienna, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived in London on Sunday for a two-day trip to the UK and France. One of Lapid’s primary goals in his meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron is to ensure that banking sanctions against Iran remain in place, Channel 13 reported.”

“However, Iran is coming to Vienna determined to have those very sanctions removed. Iran’s negotiating team includes the deputy governor of Iran’s Central Bank, and senior officials from the trade and economy ministries. In an attempt to cut off Iran’s ability to fund its armed proxy groups, in October 2020 the US Donald Trump sanctioned 18 Iranian banks and gave foreign companies 45 days to cease doing business with them or risk secondary sanctions.”

“The minister’s visit will focus on the resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna as well as the deepening of bilateral relations between Israel and Britain and France,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.” (more…)


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