EU's Ashton accepts Iranian offer of nuclear talks

By REUTERS
March 6, 2012 15:27

BRUSSELS - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton wrote to Iran's chief nuclear negotiator on Tuesday, accepting an offer to meet to discuss Tehran's nuclear program.

Ashton represents six powers - the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany - in dealings with Iran, and her offer of talks came after weeks of consultations with them.

Iran proposed in February in a letter from Saeed Jalili that negotiations with global powers resume after more than a year of standstill, and said Tehran would have "new initiatives" to bring to the table.

"Today I have replied to Dr. Jalili's letter of Feb. 14," Ashton said in a statement. "I have offered to resume talks with Iran on the nuclear issue," she said.

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