E3+3 statement on Iran, 8 April 2009
Statement following E3+3 political directors' meeting, London, 8 April 2009.
The Political Directors of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union met in London today following the important discussions between our leaders in recent days.
The other members of the group warmly welcome the new direction of US policy towards Iran and their decision to participate fully in the E3+3 process and join in any future meetings with representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
We reaffirm our unity of purpose and collective determination through direct diplomacy to resolve our shared concerns about Iran's nuclear programme, in line with the package proposals for cooperation with Iran and in the context of our dual-track strategy.
We recognise once again that Iran has the right to a civilian nuclear programme, but with that comes the responsibility to restore confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear activities in line with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.
We strongly urge Iran to take advantage of this opportunity to engage seriously with all of us in a spirit of mutual respect.
To that end, we shall ask Dr Javier Solana, the European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, to extend an invitation to the Iranian Government to meet representatives of the E3+3, so that together we may find a diplomatic solution to this critical issue.
Source: Council of the European Union, ue.eu.int.