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Iran: Crucial and difficult stage reached in the negotiations

08.11.2013 - Article

Foreign Minister Westerwelle is travelling at short notice to Geneva to take part in the ongoing negotiations with Iran, which have now reached a crucial but difficult stage.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is travelling at short notice to Geneva to take part in the ongoing negotiations with Iran. The round of negotiations which began yesterday between the E3+3 and Iran and which is being chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has reached a crucial but difficult stage.

Foreign Minister Westerwelle (file photo)
Foreign Minister Westerwelle (file photo)© photothek/Th. Imo (Archiv)

Foreign Minister Westerwelle is due to travel to Geneva on Friday to take part in the ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme. Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson Martin Schäfer commented that a crucial but difficult stage in the negotiations had been reached. He went on to say that the task now was to try and reach initial agreement on issues relating to Iran’s nuclear programme.

The Foreign Ministers of France, the UK and the US are also expected to travel to Geneva shortly. The negotiations are being chaired by EU High Representative Ashton. Catherine Ashton’s spokesperson tweeted that contacts were ongoing at all levels and that these were important and serious negotiations.

For a diplomatic solution

Three European states – the UK, France and Germany – as well as the US, Russia and China (known collectively as the E3+3) are negotiating with Iran. Following the last round of the Geneva negotiations on 16 October, Foreign Minister Westerwelle commented:

“The talks in Geneva strengthen our hope that a diplomatic solution which completely removes our concerns about the nature of Iran’s nuclear programme is possible. This was a successful start to serious, substantive talks. We want to continue these quickly.”

More information on the negotiations concerning Iran’s nuclear programme can be found here.

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