A senior EU diplomat is hoping for an agreement during nuclear talks with Iran

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WEISENHAUS, Germany – The European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Friday that he hoped suspended talks with Iran on the country’s nuclear program could lead to an agreement.

Negotiations between Tehran and world powers have stalled, in part because of a request by Iran from the United States to remove the country’s terrorist designation as a paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the Group of Seven major economies in Germany, Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said an EU envoy visit Tehran this week for conversations that “went better than expected”.

“Negotiations have been stalled for two months due to this disagreement over what to do with the Revolutionary Guard,” Borel said.

“Such things cannot be resolved overnight, but let’s say that the negotiations were blocked and they were unblocked,” he added. “Which means there is a prospect of reaching an agreement.”

EU envoy Enrique Mora said on Friday that he was briefly detained with colleagues at Frankfurt airport while traveling from Tehran to Brussels, in breach of diplomatic rules.

Mora said he had not received “any explanation” from German authorities as to why he had been detained. EU official on an official mission, holding a Spanish diplomatic passport. “I took out my passport and my phones,” he wrote on Twitter.

He said the EU ambassador to the UN in Vienna and the head of the EU task force on Iran had also been detained.

“We were separated,” Mora writes. “Refusal to give any explanation for what appears to be a violation of the Vienna Convention.”

Neither the German police nor the German Foreign Ministry responded immediately to requests for comment.

Borrell declined to speculate on the incident, saying only “the problem is over”.

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