Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom
Washington, DC (STL.News) The following statement was released by United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab following today’s ministerial meeting:
The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom and the U.S. Secretary of State held a virtual meeting, for the second time in this format since Secretary Blinken took office, to discuss Iran and other pressing issues. They reaffirmed the centrality of the transatlantic partnership in dealing with the security, climate, economic, health and other challenges the world faces.
Regarding Iran, the E3 and the United States expressed their shared?fundamental security interest?in upholding the nuclear non-proliferation regime and ensuring that Iran can never develop?a nuclear weapon.? In this context, the conclusion of the JCPOA was a key achievement of multilateral diplomacy. The E3 welcomed?the United States’ stated intention to return to?diplomacy with Iran as well as the resumption of a confident?and in-depth dialogue between the E3 and the United States. The Ministers affirmed strong interest in continuing their consultations and coordination, including with China and Russia, on this key security issue, recognizing the role of the High Representative of the European Union as Coordinator of the Joint Commission.