Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Moscow Talks End With No Agreements – Technical Meeting on 3 July in Istanbul

Iran and world powers failed to resolve any of their differences during two days of talks in Moscow, but they agreed that the technical issues continue to be discussed on lower level in Istanbul on 3 July.

“The choice is Iran's. We expect Iran to decide whether it is willing to make diplomacy work to focus on concrete confidence-building steps and to address the concerns of the international community,” Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, told reporters in Moscow at the close of the talks on Tuesday. “But there's a very, very long way to go,” she added [Reuters, 19 June].

Ashton also said the follow-up meeting in Istanbul would be on lower level focusing purely on technical details rather than broader political issues.

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