Europe and the Iran Nuclear Deal

May 26, 2015 - 10:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
Europe and the Iran Nuclear Deal

A Conversation with
His Excellency Gérard Araud
Ambassador of France to the United States

His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott
Ambassador of Britain to the United States 

His Excellency Peter Wittig
Ambassador of Germany to the United States

Moderated by: 
Ms. Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force invites you to a discussion with the Ambassadors of Britain, France and Germany about the role of the “E-3” in negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran, and the implications of a comprehensive long-term deal for European relations with Iran. 

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) appear to be on track to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a June 30 deadline. If negotiations succeed, they will reflect the role of three European countries – Britain, France and Germany – which began engaging Iran about its nuclear program more than a decade ago. The E-3 ambassadors in Washington will discuss the history of the talks, the role their countries played, and the outlook beyond June 30.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. It is supported generously by the Ploughshares Fund. 


DATE:             Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TIME:              10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

LOCATION:      Atlantic Council
                        1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
                        Washington, DC 20005

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H.E. Gérard Araud has served as Ambassador of France to the United States since September 2014. A career diplomat, he has held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, including Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-03), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-06), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-09), and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-14). Over the course of his career, Ambassador Araud has developed specialized knowledge of the Middle East and strategic and security issues. As regards to the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006-09. 

H.E. Sir Peter Westmacott has served as British Ambassador to the United States since January 2012. This is his second posting in Washington, having previously served as the British Embassy’s Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs in the mid-1990s. Prior to his service as ambassador in Washington, he served as Britain’s Ambassador to France (2007-11) and as Ambassador to Turkey starting in 2002. His forty-year career in the British Diplomatic Service has included postings in Tehran and Brussels, time as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director for the Americas, and a seat on the board of the Foreign Office as Deputy Under Secretary. In addition, he served as Deputy Private Secretary to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales from 1990-93.

H.E. Peter Wittig has served as Ambassador of Germany to the United States since April 2014. He previously served as Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations. A career diplomat, Ambassador Wittig has also served in Madrid, as Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister at the Foreign Office headquarters, and as Ambassador to Lebanon. As Ambassador to Cyprus, he also was the Special Envoy of the German Government for the Cyprus Question. In 2006, Ambassador Wittig was appointed Director-General for the United Nations and Global Issues at the Foreign Office in Berlin.