Iranian nuclear negotiator to meet with Italy's Prodi in Rome

October 24, 2007 12:58

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator will meet with Italian Premier Romano Prodi Wednesday for a second day of talks on Teheran's nuclear dossier. The new negotiator, Saeed Jalili, accompanied by his predecessor, Ali Larijani, met Tuesday with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Rome. The talks were Jalili's first since his surprise appointment over the weekend. Both sides described Tuesday's meeting as constructive and said more talks would likely be held by the end of November. The United States and its European allies are hoping to persuade Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program, as demanded by the UN Security Council. On Wednesday, Solana met over breakfast with Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema and was scheduled to meet with Prodi later in the day. The Italian premier will also hold separate talks with the two Iranians.

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