Vienna, 10 November 2013 – "This round of negotiations about the Iranian nuclear programme constitutes an important step forward, as is illustrated by the joint declaration of High Representative Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif. Both sides are intent on finding a solution", State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said who had visited Iran only recently and met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif, Deputy Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Abbas Araqchi as well as representatives of the Iranian Parliament and the Iranian Arbitration Council to discuss the Iranian nuclear programme, human rights issues, regional issues (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan), questions of the interreligious dialogue and the situation of religious minorities (Bahai, Christians).
"It is essential that the positive momentum of the negotiations is now used to remove the final obstacles on the road to a first agreement", Lopatka said. "In Tehran I had the impression that the Iranian government is seriously striving for a solution in the nuclear issue, and this fills me with optimism", Lopatka concluded.
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