Jan 16, 2014, 1:27 AM
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Geneva accord paves way for final Iran deal: German president

Berlin, Jan 16, IRNA -- The Geneva accord opens the way for a permanent agreement on Iran's nuclear program, according to German President Joachim Gauck.

Addressing a New Year's reception for Berlin-based foreign diplomats, Gauck said, 'The preliminary deal reached in November at the talks with Iran about its nuclear programme is a hopeful sign.'

'It constitutes a first step towards a final settlement of this dispute. To achieve a final settlement, however, trust is required.

It’s now up to all sides to build that trust,' Gauck added.

The German government welcomed earlier the agreement between Iran and six world powers on the implementation of the November 24 nuclear deal.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier hailed in a statement the accord which goes into effect on January 20, as a 'decisive step forward.'

After many years of long and difficult negotiations, we have for the first time ever achieved a reliable agreement which includes concrete, transparent and detailled verifiable steps, Steinmeier was quoted saying.

Germany's chief diplomat stressed the need to accelerate steps for the next decisive phase of negotiations geared at a final nuclear deal.