Ashton congratulates Iran’s Rouhani, urges renewed nuclear talks

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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday sent a message congratulating new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on his inauguration, and inviting him to new nuclear negotiations as soon as possible.

“Mr President, I write to tell you that, together with the E3+3, I stand ready to continue talks to find a resolution as quickly as possible,” Ashton wrote. “I hope that we can schedule meaningful talks with your negotiating team as soon as practicable.”

Full letter below:

Dear Mr President
On the occasion of your inauguration as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran I offer you my congratulations. The people of Iran have entrusted you with a strong mandate to engage in dialogue and cooperation with the international community to seek a swift resolution to its serious concerns about Iran's nuclear activities.
Mr President, I write to tell you that, together with the E3+3, I stand ready to continue talks to find a resolution as quickly as possible. I hope that we can schedule meaningful talks with your negotiating team as soon as practicable.
The European Union hopes that under your leadership there will be new opportunities to work together to reduce regional tensions and promote respect for human rights.