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Ashton hails best-ever Iran / E3 +3 talks in Geneva

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Ashton hails best-ever Iran / E3 +3 talks in Geneva


Talks between Iran and the international community in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear research programme have ended with both sides agreeing to meet again on Novermber 7. The EU’s foreign chief Catherine Ashton said the discussion had been “the most detailed ever”.

For the first time both sides agreed on a joint statement, and the phrase “substantive and forward-looking” was used to describe the talks.

“Building on the positive atmosphere of the first ministerial meeting held in New York on the 26 september, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic republic of Iran presented an outline of a plan as a proposed basis for negotiation which is being carefully considered by the
E3 +3 as an important contribution,” said Ashton.

Iran’s negotiators appear to be confirming that Iran’s policy on talking about its nuclear research has indeed changed since President Hassan Rohani came to power, although it is too soon to tell if this new mood will translate into solid progress.

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