|Foreign minister to lead Iran’s new nuclear negotiating team: report||
TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, will lead nuclear negotiations with the major powers over the country’s nuclear program, the Fars News Agency reported on Sunday.
Earlier this month, Iran announced that the Foreign Ministry would take over talks with world powers from the Supreme National Security Council, which was headed by Saeed Jalili who was also Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.
According to the Fars report, the new nuclear team also includes Abbas Araghchi, the deputy minister for legal and international affairs, and Majid Takht-Ravanchi, the deputy foreign minister for European and American affairs.
It also said that Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton were scheduled to hold talks on Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Ashton leads diplomatic efforts to resolve the decade-old nuclear dispute on behalf of the six major powers, namely the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany, which are known as the P5+1 group.
The report also said that a meeting between Iran and representatives of the 5+1 group was “probable” on Wednesday.
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