|Western nuclear negotiators brief Israel on Iran talks: report||
TEHRAN – The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said in a report on Sunday that United States Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. delegation to the nuclear talks in Geneva with Iran last week, called Israeli National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror on Thursday and briefed him on the substance of the talks.
In addition, members of the British delegation came straight to Israel from Geneva for talks with their Israeli colleagues, the newspaper reported.
The UK delegation met with Israeli Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz and other top Israel officials on Friday. Prior to that, senior French and German officials spoke by phone with their Israeli counterparts about the talks.
Steinitz is due to head a delegation of an Israeli Foreign Ministry and defense figures on a visit to Washington this week. Iran is expected to be the main item on the agenda of the meetings that the delegation is scheduled to hold with a team headed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Sherman will also attend the meeting.
The U.S. and European diplomats all stressed to their Israeli colleagues that the talks with Iran are at an early, exploratory stage, the Israeli source said.
The Iranian proposal, as conveyed to Israel by the world powers was formulated as a two-phase plan, consisting of confidence-building measures by both sides, followed by negotiations toward a comprehensive agreement ending the nuclear crisis.
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