Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (file photo)
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton have met ahead of the new round of talks between the Islamic Republic and six major world powers.
The meeting was held in Geneva on Monday, and reports say the two sides discussed Iran’s new proposals.
Zarif is also scheduled to hold talks Wednesday with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter on the sidelines of the new two-day round of talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States - plus Germany on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
The new round of talks is set to begin on Tuesday.
On October 13, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Iran’s package to be proposed during the talks is based on “the same step-by-step approach which was brought up and generally agreed on” in meetings with the six powers partaking in the nuclear talks.
The deputy foreign minister added that Iran’s “logical, balanced and realistic” plan makes it possible for both sides to take the first step toward breaking the deadlock over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Foreign Minister Zarif is leading the high-ranking Iranian delegation of political, technical and legal experts during the trip.
Araqchi will be the chief Iranian negotiator in the talks, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi, Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Political and International Affairs Hamid Ba’eedinejad, Foreign Minister’s Legal Adviser Davoud Mohammadnia, and the Director General for Defensive Affairs of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Amiri.