Speaking in Geneva today (24 November), Foreign Minister Westerwelle issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the E3+3 group and Iran:
The agreement reached in Geneva is a turning point and a major step towards our goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.
After a decade of negotiations that also saw standstills and confrontation, we have reached a political agreement on initial important steps for the first time today.
We need to use the coming months to build mutual trust. It is vital for the agreements to be implemented in a transparent and verifiable manner and for the negotiations to make swift progress towards a comprehensive solution. We are ready to do this and expect the same from the Iranian leadership.