Iran/nuclear issue/Syria/Franco-Iranian relations
M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting today with Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister. Mr Zarif is visiting France to take part in UNESCO’s 37th General Conference.
The two ministers talked about the nuclear discussions between the E3+3 Group and Iran, in the run-up to the forthcoming session of negotiations, which will be held in Geneva on 7 and 8 November. Expressing the wish for them to result in immediate progress, the French minister pointed out that it was necessary for Iran to respond concretely and in a verifiable way to the international community’s concerns and that there wasn’t unlimited time for negotiation.
The meeting provided an opportunity to talk about the Syria crisis. M. Fabius reiterated France’s commitment to the political transition process and said that the Geneva II conference will have to lead to the establishment of a transitional government with full executive powers, including those of the presidency. It is important that all the participants share this objective.
This meeting also enabled bilateral relations between France and Iran to be discussed, in the context resulting from President Rouhani’s election. M. Fabius repeated to his opposite number our country’s readiness to work with Iran’s new authorities./.