|Iran, EU reps establish contact over nuclear talks||
TEHRAN – Representatives of Iran and the European Union held a telephone conversation about the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
The conversation was held by Ali Baqeri, the deputy of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary General Saeed Jalili, who is Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, and Helga Schmid, who is the deputy secretary general for political affairs of the European External Action Service.
Schmid is regarded as the deputy of Ashton, who represents the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in nuclear negotiations with Iran.
A spokesman for Ashton told AFP, “The call took place in the context of ongoing diplomatic efforts… towards a diplomatic solution of the Iranian nuclear issue.”
The call “was used to inform Iran” about a meeting between the six major powers in New York on September 27, he stated.
They had “stressed their determination to work for a diplomatic solution and the need for Iran to engage urgently in a confidence building process aimed at resolving international concerns about the nature of its nuclear program”, the spokesman added.
He also said that Wednesday’s call would be followed by another between her and the chief Iranian nuclear negotiator “in order to discuss the next steps in our negotiations.”
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