While Israel continues to say the Iranians are using talks with the world powers
to waste time, Jerusalem is tellingly still not calling for them to be
discontinued, even as Tuesday’s “technical talks” in Istanbul led to nothing
more than an agreement to meet again.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton issued a statement early on Wednesday morning saying that a “full day” of
“technical discussions” went on until 1 a.m., and that the P5+1 – the US, China,
Russia, France, Britain and Germany – provided further details of their
proposals given to Iran two months ago, and that Iran shared “further details of
Experts, the statement read, “explored positions on a
number of technical subjects.”
The technical meeting in Istanbul will be
followed by a meeting between Ashton’s top aid Helga Schmid and Ali Bagheri, the
deputy of Iran’s supreme national security council. No date, however, was given
for that meeting, which will be aimed at paving the way for further political
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