Araqchi-Ashton talks kick off on implementing Geneva accord

Berlin, Dec 17, IRNA – Talks between Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton started Tuesday focusing on ways to implement the November 24 Geneva accord, German Press Agency dpa quoted an EU spokesperson as saying.

Ashton had earlier expressed optimism that Iran would quickly resume

technical talks which came to a standstill last week as the US expanded its blacklist of individuals and companies under existing sanctions against Iran, angering Tehran.

According to Ashtonˈs spokesman, Michael Mann, Tuesdayˈs meeting would dwell on ˈimplementing the joint action plan.ˈ

Speaking to journalists in Brussels on Monday following a meeting of EU foreign ministers, Ashton said, ˈIˈm expecting the technical discussions to resume very quickly. Iˈm expecting us to move forward to agree on the implementation timetable as soon as possible.ˈ

ˈItˈs a very sensitive diplomatic process. Itˈs important that we refrain from actions that could delay the process,ˈ added Ashton, alluding to the latest anti-Iran US move.

Ashton has been representing Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany in the talks with Iran over its nuclear program.

The 28 EU foreign ministers at Mondayˈs meeting endorsed the action plan agreed with Iran and pledged to suspend some of the EUˈs sanctions ˈimmediately afterˈ it is verified that Tehran has implemented its ˈnuclear-related measures.ˈ

Iran and the six world powers hammered out an interim deal that foresees Tehran curbing some nuclear activities for six months, in exchange for an easing of international sanctions.



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