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Iran’s Senior Negotiator, EU's Ashton to Meet in Brussels Tomorrow

Politics - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator in talks with the world powers Seyed Abbas Araqchi is slated to meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday morning.

Araqchi and Ashton will meet at 8:00 am local time (10:30 Tehran time) in the Belgian capital tomorrow to discuss the trend of the ongoing talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and the latest developments with regard to the deal signed between Iran and the six world powers in Geneva.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent United Nations Security Council members sealed a six-month accord to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building bid to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet of world powers agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against Tehran and continue talks with the country to settle all problems between the two sides.

Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) had an expert meeting in Vienna, Austria, on December 9. The negotiations were scheduled to continue until December 13, but the Iranian negotiators cut short the talks and returned to Iran in protest at the US breach of the Geneva agreement by blacklisting a dozen companies and individuals for evading Washington’s sanctions.

Araqchi is currently in Berlin, Germany, where he held talks with several influential figures.

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