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USA: "statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran" - Hague01:20

USA: "statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran" - Hague

United States, New York
September 23, 2013 at 22:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: "statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran" - Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague has held his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif since President Hassan Rouhani was elected on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Monday.

Hague gave a press conference after the meeting saying, "The foreign minister and I agreed on the need for an early resumption of E3+3 talks on the nuclear issue. We talked about the need for peace in Syria where Iran could play a constructive role including by supporting the Geneva framework for a negotiation between the Assad regime and the opposition and stopping its direct support for regime forces. And while welcoming recent announcements on the release of some political prisoners in Iran, which I do welcome, I raise now concerns and continuing concerns about human rights in Iran. The United Kingdom does not seek a confrontational relationship with Iran as I explained to the Foreign Minister and we are open to better relations. The United Kingdom welcomes President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif recent statements about Iran's wish to improve its relations with the outside world and we discussed those statements and how to give effect to them. So the time is now right for those statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran to address the international community's concern about Iran's intentions, and if such steps are taken then I believe a more constructive relationship can be created between us."

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USA: "statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran" - Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague has held his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif since President Hassan Rouhani was elected on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Monday.

Hague gave a press conference after the meeting saying, "The foreign minister and I agreed on the need for an early resumption of E3+3 talks on the nuclear issue. We talked about the need for peace in Syria where Iran could play a constructive role including by supporting the Geneva framework for a negotiation between the Assad regime and the opposition and stopping its direct support for regime forces. And while welcoming recent announcements on the release of some political prisoners in Iran, which I do welcome, I raise now concerns and continuing concerns about human rights in Iran. The United Kingdom does not seek a confrontational relationship with Iran as I explained to the Foreign Minister and we are open to better relations. The United Kingdom welcomes President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif recent statements about Iran's wish to improve its relations with the outside world and we discussed those statements and how to give effect to them. So the time is now right for those statements to be matched by concrete steps by Iran to address the international community's concern about Iran's intentions, and if such steps are taken then I believe a more constructive relationship can be created between us."