Iran talks to resume May 23 – Ashton
Laaska News Apr. 15, 2012
The next round of nuclear talks between the UN Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany and Iran is slated for May 23 in Baghdad, according to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who led the international delegation at Saturday’s meeting in Istanbul.
She described the talks as productive and useful and urged Tehran to comply with all its international obligations.
EU: Round one of IRI-G5+1 talks, constructive
After the first round of comprehensive negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 – the US, Britain, France, China, Russia plus Germany – wrapped up in Istanbul, a European Union source says talks between the group and Iran were “constructive.”
Earlier on Saturday, European Union sources had described the atmosphere of the talks as “positive.” However sources close to Iranian negotiators said that it is too early to judge whether the atmosphere of the talks has been positive before hearing the viewpoints of all sides.
The first round of the new comprehensive talks between Iran and the G5+1 began on Saturday morning after a 15-month hiatus and is expected to continue in the afternoon.
An EU source said after that first round of talks that member states of the G5+1 will also hold separate bilateral negotiations with the Iranian side.
The Iranian delegation present at the talks is headed by Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili while the delegations of the six world powers are headed by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Tehran and the G5+1 have already held two rounds of talks in the past, one in Geneva in December 2010 and another in Istanbul in January 2011.
The second round of the new negotiations will be held in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the date of which will be announced at the end of the Istanbul meeting.
4/14/2012 6:01:41 PM
1st round of talks between IRI and G5+1 ends
4/14/2012 4:41:57 PM
The first round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 ended in Istanbul on Saturday.
Turkey is hosting the meeting between Iran and G5+1 comprising US, Russia, France, China and Britain plus Germany, for the second time.
The last meeting between the two sides took place in Istanbul in January 2011. Iran and the G5+1 had also held two rounds of multifaceted talks in Geneva in December 2010.
IRI’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary and chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and the European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton co-chaired the meeting.
The two delegations attended a banquet thrown by Iran’s consulate in Istanbul.
The meeting took about three hours in which Ashton underlined that the G5+1 was to take new strategy in this round of talks.
Jalili, for his part called on the G5+1 to take necessaery measures to win the trust of the Iranian nation.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has entered into talks with high morale calling for recognition of its legitimate rights, Jalili said.