Iran: Statement by the Foreign Minister, Mr. Philippe Douste-Blazy
"I welcome the willingness of the United States, and possibly other partners, to join in the negotiations instituted by Germany, the United Kingdom and France with Iran. This strengthens the credibility of the European approach and the proposals that the Europeans want to present to Iran with the international community’s support.
The meeting that will be held tomorrow in Vienna will provide an opportunity to come up with an agreement that offers Iran a way to resume negotiations. The proposals we plan to put forward on this occasion will be substantial, thanks notably to a strengthened commitment on the part of our partners.
We hope that the Iranian authorities will take the time needed to examine these proposals and follow up on them in a constructive spirit./."
(Paris, May 31, 2006)