Berlin Open to ‘Substantial Talks’ With Tehran
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has expressed his country’s readiness to hold ‘substantial talks’ with Tehran following the inauguration of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani.
Westerwelle said Sunday he has ‘attentively registered’ that Iran’s new President Rohani has expressed readiness for international cooperation at his inauguration speech, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“We are open to substantial talks,” said Westerwelle, according to a press release on the website of his ministry. “We will monitor closely if this is the start to constructive willingness to talk,” said Westerwelle, and ‘we will gauge Iran by its actions’.
Germany is one of six global powers–Britain, China, France, Russia and the US–which have been negotiating with Iran on the Islamic country’s nuclear program and economic sanctions imposed by western governments.
Rohani took the oath of office on Sunday in Majlis in a ceremony attended by Iranian lawmakers and senior officials as well as delegations from over 50 countries.
In a speech at the ceremony, Rohani called on western governments to stop using the language of sanctions to address the Islamic Republic.
“I say candidly that if you want a proper response, speak to Iran not with the language of sanctions but with the language of respect,” Rohani stated.
The new chief executive noted that the only way for interaction with Iran is ‘dialog on an equal footing, mutual confidence-building, mutual respect and reduction of hostilities’.
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