Working for a good deal with Iran

Working for a good deal with Iran

We had useful meeting today with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the European External Action Service in Brussels. I was joined by the foreign ministers from all three European countries that are involved in the nuclear talks: Philip Hammond, Laurent Fabius and Frank Walter Steinmeier.

We’ve got to the final stage of the negotiation, and we need one last sprint. E3/EU+3 Political Directors will continue talking with Iran later this week. EU Political Director Helga Schmid will join the US-Iran bilateral talks as of tomorrow. E3/EU+3 Political Directors will meet on Wednesday in Lausanne.

We had never been this close to a deal. And I do not mean just any deal: we will not settle for anything less than a good deal, one that guarantees the international community on the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear programme. It can be a win-win solution, one that addresses everyone’s concerns. But we need to push hard for this to happen. It may sound pretentious, but we are really facing a historical opportunity. We hold a responsibility not to waste it.