Jalili: New Round of N-Talks on April 6
Iran’s top negotiator Saeed Jalili announced on Wednesday that the Group 5+1 proposed that both Iran and the world powers take certain tangible steps to build each other’s confidence more.
“The Group 5+1 the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) proposed that some tangible steps be taken in the next 6 months to build confidence, and certain proposals were presented in this regard,” Jalili said in a press conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
After two days of talks with the world powers, the Iranian top negotiator said that during the talks “Tehran emphasized that the steps should be taken concurrently and in a balanced way and that the proposals shouldn’t violate Iran’s rights”
“Yesterday, the other side presented some proposals in response to some of the main items of Iran’s proposals [offered to the world powers in Moscow],” he said, referring to the first round of talks in Rixos hotel in Almaty.
In parallel, he clarified that “certain points in this response were more realistic compared to the past and effort has been made to come closer to Iran’s viewpoints.”
“It was decided that the experts meeting be held in Istanbul on March 17-18 and the political meeting will be held in Almaty again on April 6,” he added.
As described the talks as “a positive step”, he assured that they would ‘be completed with a constructive approach and reciprocal steps.”
For his part, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed Iran and world powers will hold their next talks over the Iranian nuclear crisis in Istanbul on March 17-18 at expert level.
“As a result of two days of negotiations, an agreement has been reached for a meeting at expert level in Istanbul on March 17-18,” Ryabkov said. The expert-level meetings usually involve senior civil servants ranking below the top negotiators from both sides.
Jalili headed the Islamic Republic’s negotiating delegation. The G5+1’s representatives were led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Before Almaty meetings, Iran and the G5+1 held three rounds of talks in Geneva, two rounds in Istanbul, one round in Baghdad and one round in Moscow. The last round of talks between Iran and the Group5+1 was held in Moscow in June.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by moqawama.org