|Foreign ministers of 5+1 group and Iran to meet on Thursday||
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to meet with foreign ministers of the six major powers, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, reports said on Monday.
The agreement was made during a meeting in New York on Monday between Zarif and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who 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 5+1 group.
U.S. sources confirmed that Kerry will be in the meeting.
Ashton told reporters after the meeting that she saw "energy and determination" for talks with the major powers.
Ashton also said she and her team will meet with Zarif again in October to follow up on Thursday's meeting to continue their discussion on reviving long-stalled negotiations, the NBC reported on its website.
"We had a good and constructive discussion," she said of her half-hour meeting with Zarif. "We didn't talk about the details of what we would do. The purpose of this meeting was to establish how we would go forward."
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.
The Fars News Agency reported on Sunday that Zarif would lead nuclear negotiations with the major powers over the country’s nuclear program.
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.
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|Last Updated on 23 September 2013 17:26|