|Former U.S. diplomat hails secrecy on Iran nuclear talks||
TEHRAN (IRNA) – Former U.S. ambassador to Iraq Edward Peck has said that the decision to maintain the confidentiality of the contents of the latest talks between Iran and the major powers was an appropriate, logical, and understandable move.
Speaking to IRNA in a recent interview, Peck said the two sides of the newly-ended Geneva talks made the decision as they were concerned about interference of other parties in the process of the talks.
Iran and representatives of the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany, known as the 5+1 group, held two-day talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 15-16. The two sides decided to maintain the confidentiality of the contents of the talks and also agreed to continue their discussions in Geneva on November 7-8.
The Geneva talks were held in an atmosphere which could be led to a constructive course. Both sides were concerned that there would be other parties willing to disturb the constructive course or interfere in the process of the talks, said the veteran diplomat.
Referring to Israel’s anti-Iran propaganda campaign following the Geneva talks, Peck said the leaders the Tel Aviv regime were trying to prevent progress in Iran’s relations with the West, the U.S. in particular.
Tel Aviv has started series of serious and massive propaganda campaign against Iran to prevent any development in Tehran-Washington relations, he said.
Peck suggested that the level of Iran’s future talks with the 5+1 group to be increased to the ministerial level.
Peck is a retired career U.S. diplomat who served thirty-two years in the U.S. Foreign Service (1956-1989). He was in various diplomatic missions in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt as well as Iraq and Mauritania.
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