Iran-P5+1 wrap up second day of talks in Almaty
Press TV (Sat Apr 6, 2013 ) Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have wrapped up their fourth round of negotiations in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
“Over two days of talks we had long and intensive discussions on the issues addressed in our confidence-building proposal,” EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton told a news conference in Almaty on Saturday.
During the meeting Iran presented the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany) with the details of its proposals.
Helga Schmid, deputy to EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, held one-on-one talks with Undersecretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri on the sidelines of the Almaty talks.
Iran and the P5+1 held two rounds of talks in on Friday and discussed a range of issues with the main focus being the Iranian nuclear energy program.
Speaking at a Friday press conference after the first round of talks, SNSC Deputy Ali Baqeri said Tehran has offered the group “clear proposals to launch a new round of cooperation” between the two sides.
Michael Mann, the spokesman for Ashton, told Press TV earlier on Thursday that, “Nobody is denying the right for Iran or any other country to have nuclear technology for medical purposes or for energy purposes.”
Iran argues that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Tehran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of talks. The previous round of talks took place in Almaty on February 26-27.