In a post on his Twitter account on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that Araqchi had left for the French capital as Rouhani’s special representative.
Araqchi, he added, would pass on the Iranian president’s written message to Macron, whose country — along with Britain, Germany, Russia and China — is a signatory to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The US was initially a signatory, but later abandoned the deal and unleashed a hostile campaign of economic sanctions meant to hamper the implementation of the agreement both by Iran and the remaining signatories.
The European parties to the deal have since been trying to convince Iran to remain in the pact by promising to shield its economic interests from US sanctions.
Araqchi’s trip comes as the fate of the 2015 accord — officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — remains in doubt amid Europe’s failure to fulfill their legal obligation to stand up to the American sanctions.
In May, a year after the US’s exit, Tehran began reducing its commitments under the JCPOA on a stage-by-stage basis in response to Washington’s pullout and the ensuing European failure to make up for America’s absence.
Tehran has set a deadline for the European co-signatories to live up to their end of the bargain to prevent more commitment reductions, which could ultimately lead to Iran’s pullout if the trio continues to fail.
‘Iran seeking full implementation of 2015 nuclear deal’Iranian president says his country’s ultimate goal is to make all parties of a 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, to fully implement their obligations under the accord.
Two weeks ago, Emmanuel Bonne, Macron’s top diplomatic adviser, visited Tehran, as part of efforts to salvage the JCPOA.
Last week, the Iranian and French presidents held a phone conversation about the JCPOA’s future, during which Rouhani said Tehran was determined to “keep all doors open” to keep the accord alive.