We shouldn’t let the chance of a final nuclear deal slip away

Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg
Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg

The German ambassador to Iran says investment in Iran carries weight for European countries, Germany in particular, stressing that Iran and the West should not lose the opportunity which has arisen for nuclear talks.

Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) ran a report on October 16 on a meeting between the German ambassador to Iran and the governor general of Isfahan province in Isfahan, central Iran. Up for discussion were mainly nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1, with the German side stressing the need for the parties to the talks to reach a final agreement and the Iranian side asking for the correct reflection of Iran’s realities. The following is the translation of part of the report.

 

German Ambassador to Tehran, Michael Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg, said that European companies, especially those in Germany, attach great significance to cooperation with and investment in Iran, adding Europe needs [to invest in] Iran’s market.

The ambassador said in a meeting with Governor General of Isfahan province Rasoul Zargarpour on Wednesday, that German companies are very much interested to enter partnership with Iran, adding they are all waiting for the final results of the nuclear talks [between Iran and P5+1].

He further said that Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier too is willing to see the nuclear talks produce the intended results so that Berlin and Tehran could develop their ties more than before.

“The German government highly hopes to see [tangible] results come out of the nuclear talks,” he said, adding that Iran’s market is a proper venue for the Germans [to invest in]. He said that time has come for the nuclear case of Iran to be fully settled.

“A good opportunity has opened up for the parties to the talks to reach a final deal. If they miss out on this opportunity, it would be uncertain when the two sides would be provided with yet another opportunity,” he stressed.

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Isfahan’s governor general, for his part, said that Germany is expected to reflect the realities on the ground in Iran, adding that the West should seize this opportunity in the best possible manner.

He said Berlin should set the stage for bilateral cooperation on political, economic and cultural fronts.

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He said the cooperation would be established [and pursued] when the West does its fair share in nuclear talks. He added that fortunately German politicians have understood that the Islamic Republic has acted in good faith in the talks, but that some statesmen are far from fair and their stances are subject to misinterpretations [of Iran].

The governor general also said that the eleventh government has paved the way for cooperation with the West, underlining that the West should take up the existing opportunity.

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