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Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:4PM
Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton

Michael Mann, spokesman for EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton

Negotiations between Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, in Geneva, have been “very substantial and detailed,” Ashton’s spokesman says. Michael Mann made the remarks on Thursday following a one-on-one meeting between Zarif and Ashton. “Getting down to detailed work,” Mann said on his Twitter. Zarif and Ashton are scheduled to hold a second bilateral meeting at 1330 GMT in the Swiss city. Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs and an Iranian nuclear negotiator in the Geneva talks, said the “discussions were good and we delved into content and details,” adding, “However, differences between the views of each side remain.” Iran and six world powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany - on Thursday started the second day of their new round of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, also a nuclear negotiator, told Press TV on Thursday that two sides agreed that any deal must include reciprocal measures. “It’s still too soon to confirm anything but this is a principle we have already agreed upon that any measures that should be taken by each side should be equal and balanced with the measures that the other side should take,” he said. During the last round of talks in Geneva in early November, a first-step agreement was within reach but the position taken by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations. KA/HMV/SS
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