The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she sees her main task in facilitating international negotiations on Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
The foreign policy chief spoke to journalists ahead of a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. On Wednesday, she is set to hold talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
“I see it as my main task to make sure that the negotiations proceed in a speedy and good way. Good way means that Iran cannot develop a nuclear weapon and can have its right to deploy a peaceful program as everybody else,” Mogherini told reporters in New York on Tuesday.
The politician stated that she understands the concerns of many countries regarding Iran, adding, however, that it would be “naive to imagine that a country like Iran could simply disappear from the map.”
The best possible approach to the situation is to ensure a positive outcome of the nuclear talks and call for Tehran to play a major, but positive role in the region, particularly in war-torn Syria, Mogherini said.
Over the past years, the P5+1 group of international negotiators, comprising the UN Security Council’s five permanent members plus Germany, has engaged in negotiations with Iran on the Islamic Republic’s controversial nuclear activities.
A framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program was reached in early April.