Notes from China and Mongolia (on the first anniversary of the Iran deal)

Notes from China and Mongolia (on the first anniversary of the Iran deal)

I write from Mongolia, where I am at the ASEM summit of European and Asian countries, It is the second stop in my mission to Asia with Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk. Yesterday I was at the China-EU summit in Beijing, where I also presented the Global Strategy for the European Union’s foreign and security policy, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (here is video of the conference).

And today I write on a special day: exactly one year ago, in Vienna, we signed the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Since then we have taken many steps forward. The international sanctions linked to the nuclear programme have been lifted, and we laid the groundwork for a new cooperation – that is, economic but also political cooperation, and on addressing the crises in the region. The world has seen that, when the political will is there, multilateral diplomacy can solve even the most intricate issues. And we have seen that a good deal is able to stand the test of time. Here is the declaration I issued on behalf of the European Union.