Diplomats: Follow on Iran nuclear talks in Geneva in November


Geneva__ Nuclear negotiators from Iran and six world powers will hold follow on talks here in Geneva Nov. 7-8, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced here Wednesday at the conclusion of two days of what she called very intensive, substantive and forward-looking talks.

During two days of “substantive and forward looking negotiations,” Ashton said in a rare joint statement by the six powes and Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad “Zarif presented the outline of a plan as a proposed basis for negotiotians which are being carefully considered by” the six powers.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the Iranian proposal, both negotiators said.

“We sense that members of the 3+3 also have exhibited the necessary political will in order to move the process forward and now we have to get to the details,” Zarif, speaking in English, told journalists at a press conference at the conclusion of talks.

“The details require serious and in depth negotiations,” Zarif said, adding they will be doing the negotiations in the negotiating room and not through the press.

Iran would like the next meeting to be held at the foreign minister level, a western diplomat told al-Monitor Tuesday.

Diplomats from the P5+1 and Iran are wrapping up two days of talks here during which Iran presented a nuclear proposal that western officials called ‘very useful’ and detailed.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are expected to

The parties will meet “in a couple weeks in Geneva to give the P5+1 enough time to come with a response” to the nuclear proposal that Iran presented here this week, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.

“As I have said before, the negotiations are going to be difficult and will require a lot of time and focus,” he continued, writing in Persian. “You cannot have the expectation that without trust [the parties] will be able to reach an understanding in one meeting,” even one conducted in a positive atmosphere.