Iran, P5+1 launch second round of negotiations in Baghdad
Iran and the representatives of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have started the second round of talks in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Prior to the opening of the negotiations on Thursday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili and EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton held talks for the second time after their earlier meeting on Wednesday.
The Iranian negotiating delegation is headed by the SNSC secretary, while the delegations of the six world powers are headed by Ashton.
Iran and the P5+1 -- China, Russia, Britain, France, and the US plus Germany -- wrapped up the first session of talks in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday.
On the first day of the negotiations, Iran offered a comprehensive package to the P5+1, while a European Union spokesman, Michael Mann, told Press TV that the group’s representatives put forward a set of new proposals to Tehran.
The package “aims to address the international community’s concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. We always said that Iran is permitted to have a peaceful nuclear program,” Mann told Press TV in Baghdad on Wednesday.
The last round of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 was held in the Turkish city of Istanbul on April 14. Both sides hailed the discussions as constructive and agreed to hold the next round of negotiations in Baghdad.
Iran and the P5+1 had previously held two rounds of talks, one in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2010, and another in Istanbul, Turkey, in January 2011.