Iran, G5+1 Change Decision about Time of 2nd Round of Talks in Almaty

A1136098Representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) changed their decision for continuing the talks in a second round this evening and decided to go on with their negotiations on Wednesday.

Sources privy to the talks earlier today said that Iranian negotiators and delegations of the world powers have decided to participate in a second round on Tuesday afternoon, but later postponed the meeting to tomorrow after they attended some bilateral meetings following the first round of talks.

The first round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 started in Almaty’s Rixos Hotel at 13:30 local time (0730 GMT) earlier today and lasted for almost three hours.

Earlier today, Spokesman of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who leads the delegations of the world powers in talks with Iran, confirmed that representatives of Tehran and the Group 5+1 of powers will continue their current talks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday.

Michael Mann made the remarks on the sidelines of the first round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 at a press conference in Almaty today.

Iran’s lead negotiator Saeed Jalili arrived in Almaty at the head of a team of negotiators on Sunday to attend the new round of talks with the six world powers.

Prior to his departure to Almaty, Jalili called on the Group 5+1 not to repeat previous mistakes in the next round of talks with Iran, and start negotiations based on a new strategy.

“If the group has returned to the talks, they should enter this round of negotiations with a new strategy free from previous mistakes,” Jalili said at the annual conference of the managers of Iran’s nuclear industry here in Tehran on Saturday.

Iran and the Group 5+1 have already held three rounds of talks in Geneva, two rounds in Istanbul, one round in Baghdad and one round in Moscow. The last round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in Moscow in June.

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