Steinmeier: Germany favors strong ties with Iran

Berlin, June 16, IRNA – German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday that Germany wants strong ties with Iran in all domains and not only in the political and economic but in cultural and social fields.

Steinmeier made the remark in an interview with reporters in presence of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif.

He said good talks were held between Tehran and Berlin in the meetings held twice in Tehran.

He also referred to nuclear talks in Lausanne and Vienna, which resulted in nuclear accord, and said all the efforts were fruitful and the two sides strived for a solution in light of patience and endeavors.

He said solution of nuclear dispute was good and the way the problem was settled can serve as a model for other disputes on which Iranian and German officials held discussions.

‘We are jointly concerned over stability and preserving territorial integrity of the Middle Eastern states, especially Iraq and Syria. Over recent weeks, continuous and lengthy sessions were held on Syria with an aim to find a diplomatic solution through ceasefire and improvement of humanitarian assistance. We hope that the talks will soon resume in Geneva on the basis of joint Vienna accord.’

He predicted that the next round of talks will be tougher than before. ‘The talks will not be easy but we hope the Syrian opposition will decide to take part in the Geneva talks.’
‘Syrian issue and stability in the Middle East will keep us busy as before,’ he concluded.