Over the weekend, as the Ukrainian political crisis continued to deepen, all eyes turned to the Bavarian capital Munich, host of the 50th Munich Security Conference, an annual high-level gathering of government leaders, policymakers, and foreign-policy experts. While urgent questions surrounding the future of the Ukraine naturally dominated the agenda in Munich, major attention was also devoted to the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the West regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
This laborious diplomatic effort holds out the possibility that US-imposed sanctions, which for years have crippled Iran’s economy, may eventually be lifted. And while this outcome is by no means certain, the future possibilities for major international investment in Iran have already become the subject of much serious consideration worldwide. Indeed, behind closed doors at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani and foreign minister Zarif spoke of plans for a new investment framework to be introduced by September of this year.
Following his appearance at the Munich Security Conference, ENERGLOBE had the opportunity to sit down with Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, in Berlin and ask him which guidelines this framework might encompass, particularly as regards European investment and interests.