Lavrov, Zarif, Seek Salvaging Iran's Nuclear Deal, Syrian Presence

French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian speaks during a meeting with his counterpart Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo Egypt

French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian speaks during a meeting with his counterpart Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo Egypt

Future of the Iran nuclear deal following the United States' withdrawal was in focus of a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday, TASS reports.

Iran's foreign minister embarks on a tour of world powers on Saturday, state media reported, in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to save Tehran's nuclear deal after Washington's withdrawal from the accord.

"We will have to see whether (those) remaining in the JCPOA can deliver those benefits to Iran", he said on arrival in Brussels.

He will then go to Brussels to meet counterparts from Germany, Britain and France "about the fate of the nuclear deal", Iranian state television said.

May 13 in Beijing took place the official meeting, the foreign Ministers of China and Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Brussels ahead of a meeting with his British, French and German counterparts later on Tuesday, holding "good and constructive" talks with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

He also said Iran should receive economic benefits promised in the accord, even if the U.S. reinstates sanctions.

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", Zarif added.

Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was blunt about the chances of avoiding US sanctions that also seek to prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran.

Russian Federation is trying to keep the landmark 2015 accord alive in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

Boris Johnson has called on Iran to stick to its nuclear agreement with the UK, France and Germany in a bid to protect companies fearful of being penalised for doing business there.

Following the hour-long meeting, Mr Zarif said he had had a constructive discussion and was optimistic Iran's interests in the JCPOA could be preserved despite the U.S. withdrawal.

After long negotiations, Iran had agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing worldwide sanctions.

"Tomorrow in Brussels, we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms and help European firms have confidence that they can still do business".

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior".

Saving the deal is going to rest heavily on ensuring these nations can combine efforts to block USA sanctions from preventing global companies doing business in Iran.

But while Pompeo talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.

ON A MISSION Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (left) and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif smile during their meeting in Moscow on Monday.

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