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EU, Iran hold high profile talks

Source: Tehran Times

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held meetings with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Thursday.

Iranian FM Javad Zarif shaking hands with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier
(Source: front page of Iranian daily donya-e-eqtesad)

The German foreign minister said that negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have entered "a decisive phase".

"We must now use the newly opened time window, we must leave nothing undone to reach the solution that has eluded us in recent years," Steinmeier said in a joint press conference with Zarif.

"Iran's path to nuclear weapons must end unambiguously, verifiably and permanently, and in return sanctions must be lifted credibly and step-by-step," AFP quoted Steinmeier as saying.

For his part, the Iranian foreign minister said the new opportunity in nuclear talks should be seized.

Zarif called for an "effective and active involvement" of Germany, particularly Steinmeier as a "seasoned diplomat", in nuclear negotiations.

The two chief diplomats also welcomed the growing ties between Tehran and Berlin.

Zarif and Mogherini discuss nuclear Iran issue

In Brussels the Iranian foreign minister and Mogherini also held talks on a number of issues, especially the threat of ISIL, the crises in Iraq and Syria, and the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers.

"We affirmed our strong commitment to a diplomatic solution which would fully address international concerns about the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear issue. Negotiations have to be brought to a conclusion in line with the agreed time," a statement published in EU External Action website quoted Mogherini as saying.

"The relationship between Iran and other countries of the region is crucial for regional stability. The EU feels the current security situation in the region has created an urgent need for regional powers to consult and cooperate, defuse sectarian tensions and address the root causes of the rise of Da'esh and the crises in Syria and Iraq," she stated.

Zarif headed for talks with Steinmeier and Mogherini after four rounds of bilateral talks with U.S. Secretary of States in Geneva on Wednesday.

Zarif and Kerry unexpectedly met for the second time in Paris on Friday. There were no words about the content of the talks until our press time.

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