High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission
Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs
European External Action Service
Brussels, 4 March 2014
Dear Catherine Ashton
Dear Helga Schmid
First of all, let me stress that I explicitly welcome your visit to Iran, scheduled for the end of this week. With an interim deal on its nuclear programme in place, Iran has taken an important step towards improving relations not only on the nuclear dossier, but in general. Whatever the final result, this is an important success of (inter alia) European diplomacy. At the same time and more than ever before, keeping the momentum and continuing talks in an honest and open manner will be paramount.