Brussels, 26 Rabiul Akhir 1437/5 February 2016 (MINA) – The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels met with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his counterparts Laurent Fabius of France, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy told reporters ahead of Monday’s meeting that all sides needed to find common ground to end the 12-year standoff.
“We are entering a crucial time, a crucial two weeks where negotiations will have to find the common ground for a good deal,” Mogherini said. World Bulletin quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
Javad Zarif and John Kerry had met earlier in the Swiss city of Lausanne.
The deadline for any nuclear deal to be finalized is June, but western powers hope for a political framework agreement to be established by the end of March.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that western powers have a long way to go before they can reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
Hammond told reporters in Brussels ahead of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday: “We are closer than we were but we’ve still got a long way to go. There are areas where we’ve made progress, areas where we have yet to make any progress.”
“It certainly is a distraction, but negotiations, in our view, and I think most people’s view, are not about a letter that was ill-informed and ill-advised. And we certainly anticipate that the focus of the discussions will remain on the issues at hand,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday. (T/P002/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)