A joint US-European-Gulf statement on the nuclear negotiations

On Thursday, representatives of France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America stressed the importance of quickly reaching a negotiated solution that ensures that "Iran's nuclear program will be for peaceful purposes only."

During a meeting, in Saudi Arabia, the political directors of the European Trio (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) and the US Special Envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, gathered with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Egypt and Jordan, officials exchanged, according to a statement issued by the US State Department, their views on the situation. The political and security situation in the region, including the actions of Iran.

The meeting dealt with the upcoming seventh round of talks on the return of Iran and the United States to full and mutual compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement).

They welcomed “the efforts of regional partners to de-escalate tensions and enhance dialogue in the region,” and affirmed their intent to continue to address the broader security concerns of the region.

The attendees discussed Iran's destabilizing activities in the region including the use and transfer of ballistic missiles and drones that have led to attacks against regional partners.

They reiterated their concern and condemnation of these destabilizing activities.

They stressed that an enhanced regional dialogue and a return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA would benefit the entire Middle East region and allow for greater regional partnerships and economic exchanges with long-term implications for the growth and well-being of all people there, including in Iran.

Met with the E3 political directors and senior officials from Egypt, Jordan, and the GCC to discuss 2 paths open to Iran: continued nuclear escalation & crisis, or mutual return to the JCPOA, creating opportunities for regional economic & diplomatic ties.

Time to choose is short.

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— Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley (@USEnvoyIran) November 18, 2021

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