Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri has met with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu in Moscow ahead of talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
Baqeri and Ma, who is China’s senior negotiator, met in the Iranian embassy building in Moscow on Sunday and discussed the agenda for the talks.
Iran and the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany - are scheduled to hold their third round of talks in the Russian capital’s Golden Ring Hotel on June 18, and 19.
The two sides held three sessions of plenary talks in Baghdad on May 23 and 24 after an earlier round of negotiations in the Turkish city of Istanbul in mid-April.
Heading a delegation, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) and Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili arrived in Moscow for the talks on Sunday morning.
“Iran's rights in the area of nuclear technology, including the right to enrich uranium, must be recognized and respected,” he said.
Jalili once again expressed Iran’s readiness to cooperate and enter talks with “different countries on a variety of issues, including collaborations in the field of nuclear energy,” insisting, however, that such talks must pursue a clear strategy to bear fruit, “which is what we have been stressing throughout the talks in Istanbul and Baghdad.”
“We view this round of talks with optimism,” said the senior Iranian official, adding that the most important agenda in the upcoming negotiations is to follow up on the proposals presented during the Baghdad talks and try to come to a consensus and make progress.