EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is expected to have a phone conversation with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili next week, following the end of Ramadan.
“For the time being, they have agreed to speak on the phone, with [Ashton] consulting closely with her E3+3 colleagues,” a European Union spokesman told Al-Monitor.
Ashton will brief P5+1 negotiators on her conversation. P5+1 political directors may also meet next week in Europe, diplomatic sources told Al-Monitor.
Lead U.S. Iran negotiator, Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, has held discussions with her counterparts in China and Russia this past week, on Iran and Syria. She has since traveled to London, where diplomatic sources said she is holding meetings with her EU3 counterparts.
“Under Secretary Sherman had very serious discussions with both Deputy Foreign Minister Gatilov and Deputy Foreign Minister [Sergei] Ryabkov, in particular on issues regarding Syria and Iran,” a State Department readout of her meeting Thursday said.
“On Iran, she said we remain committed to the two-track approach, and believe diplomacy still has a chance to succeed,” it continued.