Six world powers will hold a new round of nuclear talks with Iran in Kazakhstan on Feb. 26, a spokesman for the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.
EU and Iranian diplomats agreed on the date and venue earlier on Tuesday, said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. The meeting will take place in Almaty.
“The high representative ... hopes that the talks will be productive and that concrete progress can be made towards a negotiated solution to meet the international community’s concerns about the Iranian nuclear program,” he said.
The statement said European Union deputy negotiator Helga Schmid agreed with her Iranian counterpart Ali Bagheri that a new round of the so-called P5+1 talks “will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 26th February.”
Ashton represents the P5+1 group of the five permanent UN Security Council members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.
The powers hope diplomacy can persuade Iran to scale back its nuclear work, which they suspect is aimed to produce an atom bomb, a goal that Tehran denies.