BRUSSELS (AFP) – The EU and the US on Friday confirmed that extended nuclear talks with Iran will resume on December 17 in Geneva after they failed to reach a deal with Tehran last month.
The talks, first announced in a report from Iran on Thursday, will be at the level of senior policy officials rather than foreign ministers, the European Union’s diplomatic service said.
“The political directors of the (world powers) and Iran will meet again on 17 December 2014 in Geneva for a one-day meeting to continue diplomatic efforts towards reaching a long-term, comprehensive solution,” it said in a statement.
Washington confirmed that acting Deputy Secretary fo State Wendy Sherman would first hold bilateral talks with the Iranian delegation in the Swiss city on Monday and Tuesday.
“These bilateral consultations will take place in the context of the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with Iran, led by EU special advisor Cathy Ashton,” the State Department said in a statement. The P5+1 group comprises the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany.