Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif (L) and European Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini in Brussels, April 25, 2018
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif had his first meeting in Brussels on Tuesday with the head of the European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, to discuss the nuclear deal denounced by Donald Trump, his services announced.
He must then meet his French, German and British counterparts, representatives of the three signatory European countries.
These talks are aimed at preventing Iran from abandoning this agreement and relaunching its nuclear program. They must also protect European companies operating in Iran from sanctions imposed by the United States.
Ms Mogherini will meet in the afternoon with the French, German and British Foreign Ministers, then the four EU representatives will receive Mr Zarif at the end of the day, according to the program of meetings.
“The agreement with Iran is working, we must do our utmost to preserve it,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesman for Federica Mogherini, on Monday. This text “may serve as a basis”, she added, but “we must not put (…) points that are not there”.
The agreement was concluded in July 2015 after years of bitter negotiations between Iran and the 5 + 1 group (Germany, China, United States, France, United Kingdom and Russia). Under the agreement, Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear program until 2025.
The Europeans also intend to discuss with Mohammad Zarif the concerns raised by the ballistic missile program developed by Iran and the risks of destabilization of regional balances.
“This dialogue must be separate from the nuclear deal,” says Mogherini.