EU asks for best atmosphere for Iran talks

Ashton said they needed to show willingness and good faith to sit down and talk and expect the same in return during the talks with Iran

EU asks for best atmosphere for Iran talks

World Bulletin/News Desk

EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton on Monday said "I would like to get to Geneva with the best possible atmosphere to really have these negotiations,"  referring to talks between Iran and UN Security Council permanent members and Germany, also known as P5+1 on October 15-16.

Speaking at a Washington based think tank, Ashton said they needed to show willingness and good faith to sit down and talk and expect the same in return.

When asked If additional sanctions should be imposed on Iran Ashton said, "I am not in the business of telling Congress what to do."

"It may be, at the end of those two days, that we don't make progress. But it may be ... that we do," Ashton said, and added, "Pressure is there for a reason: it's to bring people to the talks in order to try and make progress".

Last Thursday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in New York to discuss what the US and its allies believe that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, with officials from the other P5+1 countries, at the highest level meeting since 1979 between the US and Iran.

Ashton will head to Egypt to hold official talks on Tuesday.

Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2013, 12:54
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