Nuclear Settlement Will Help Boost EU Ties

Nuclear Settlement Will Help Boost EU TiesNuclear Settlement Will Help Boost EU Ties

Reaching a nuclear deal can give a boost to collaboration with European countries, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.  

"Iran has always stressed Europe's role and expansion of ties with European countries," he stated.

The remarks came on Monday, when Zarif traveled to Brussels after a 5-hour meeting with his US counterpart John Kerry in the Swiss city of Lausanne, to hold talks with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

At the meeting, the two officials discussed the latest developments in nuclear talks, Iran-EU relations, and the regional affairs.

Noting that solutions should be put forth and agreed upon before taking any measure to finalize a deal, Zarif reminded that "we will not agree on any single matter unless everything is resolved."

Mogherini, for her part, called for efforts to bridge the gaps in nuclear talks, adding that she will personally do her best in this regard.

"The European side is highly motivated to make efforts to achieve a nuclear agreement and will play an effective role over the course of nuclear negotiations," Mogherini said.

Zarif and Mogherini also exchanged views on the current situation in the Middle East, especially the threat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and underlined the need to take action to curb expansion of terrorism in the region.

Earlier in the day, the foreign minister attended a separate nuclear meeting with Mogherini, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in the Belgian capital.  

After the meeting, the European foreign ministers and the EU foreign policy chief stressed their determination to work toward reaching agreement with Iran on a solution that would address all concerns regarding Iran's nuclear program, according to a press release posted on the website of the European External Action Service.

Mogherini said, "This was a useful meeting and I am confident it will contribute to advancing the process in the coming days and weeks."