Discussions focused on the following issues:
Iran: at our initiative and that of our German and British partners (the so-called E3 format), we reaffirmed the EU’s commitment to the JCPoA, whose implementation is rooted in the respect of international agreements and is vital to international security. The ministers reviewed efforts to preserve and maintain operational financial circuits with Iran so that that country might continue to enjoy the economic benefits of the agreement, as long as it continues to fully abide by its terms. Mr. Le Drian emphasized our approach – a combination of openness to dialogue and firmness toward Tehran – and our wish to discuss the post-2025–2030 Iranian nuclear program, Iran’s regional role, and the limitation of ballistic activities, just as it fired another medium-range missile, on December 1.