Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks nearing end game: German envoy

Peter Wittig

Peter Wittig has expressed hope that Tehran and the six countries can reach an “unambiguous, verifiable and permanent deal”.

The German ambassador to Washington has described the talks between Iran and P5+1 over Tehran’s nuclear energy program as one of the most important foreign policy issues in the world, which is now nearing an end game.

“This is one of the most important foreign policy issues on, I think, the international agenda. We’re entering here into the end game,” Peter Wittig said in Washington on Monday.

Wittig, who was speaking along with the French and British ambassadors to American lawmakers about the nuclear talks, expressed hope that Tehran and the six countries can reach an “unambiguous, verifiable and permanent deal”.

“We harbor certain hopes that this will be possible, but there is still a lot of work to do on the negotiation table,” the German diplomat said.

He added that efforts to make the nuclear deal possible are “important and a high priority” for Germany.

“We made the case for not imposing sanctions, additional sanctions, while the negotiations were going on. That point was made clear to everybody,” Wittig pointed out.

The German envoy’s comments followed a warning by a group of US Republican senators that a potential deal between Washington and Tehran will be short-lived.

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