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Joint Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iran Foreign Minister Zarif

EU News 485/2013

Geneva, 24 November 2013

The EU High Representative and the Foreign Minister of Iran, together with the Foreign Ministers and Political Directors of the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States), met from 20 – 24 November 2013 in Geneva.

After intensive negotiations, we reached agreement today on a joint plan of action which sets out an approach towards reaching a long-term comprehensive solution. We agreed that the process leading to this comprehensive solution will include a first-step on initial reciprocal measures to be taken for both sides for a duration of six months.

We also share a strong commitment to negotiate a final, comprehensive solution.

The adoption of the joint plan of action was possible thanks to a sense of mutual respect and a determination to find a way forward which is beneficial for all of us.

The implementation of this first step creates the time and environment needed for a comprehensive solution, which remains the shared goal and on which talks will begin soon. The work on the implementation of this first step will begin shortly. We look forward to swift implementation, which we will jointly monitor, in close coordination with the IAEA.

Today's agreement is a significant step towards developing our relationship in a more constructive way.

Video statement by HR/VP Catherine Ashton:

Source and additional information:

Participation of Catherine Ashton, Vice-President of the EC, in the E3/EU+3 nuclear talks in Geneva (L-to-R) German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Date: 24/11/2013 Reference: P-024439/00-27 Location: Geneva - Palais des Nations (C)EU, 2013 URL