High-ranking meeting in Brussels
The United States administration recently cast doubt on whether it would continue to uphold the agreement. Against this backdrop, high-ranking representatives from France, the United Kingdom and Germany as well as the Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Helga Schmid, have gathered in Brussels today (8 May) to meet Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.
Agreement is also in Europe’s security interests
From Europe’s perspective, the agreement, with its tight restrictions and control mechanisms, ensures that the Iranian nuclear programme serves only civilian and hence peaceful purposes. It is therefore in Europe’s security interests to maintain the agreement and continue to implement it.
Working hard to find a solution
The E3, the European parties to the agreement, are consequently working hard to find a solution that leaves the way open for the United States to continue to be party to the agreement and prevents further escalation of the conflict. To this end, the E3 are engaged in ongoing exchange with the administration in Washington.
Consensus between France and Germany
On Monday (7 May), Foreign Minister Maas had an intensive discussion with his French counterpart, during which he made clear that
We see no real alternative to the control mechanisms and restrictions regarding the Iranian nuclear programme as set down in the Vienna agreement. And we fear that its failure would lead to escalation and a return to the pre-2013 situation. That cannot be in anyone’s interest.