EU’s Ashton to visit Iran early in March

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 5

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton will visit Iran in earlyMarch to talk with Iranian officials, Iran`s ISNA news agency reported on Feb. 5.

The EU top diplomat who recently met with Iranian foreign minister,

Mohammad Javad Zarif in Munich, Germany, during a security conference announced she will be visiting Iran within the upcoming weeks to talk with Iranian officials on regional developments.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif invited the EU foreign policy chief to visit Iran during his first meeting with Ashton whilst attending the

UN General Assembly in New York in Sep. 2013.

Iran and the P5+1 agreed to start talks over a final deal on Iran's nuclear issue in Vienna on February 18.

The next round of the Iran-six world powers nuclear talks are scheduled to be held later in March and in mid-April, ISNA reported.

The P5+1's lead negotiator predicted that the nuclear negotiations with Iran will take more than six months.

She reiterated that everyone knows only too well that this is going to be a very tough path and there is no guarantee for its success. "In order to reach a satisfactory agreement though, we will take our time."

Iran and the P5+1 powers, permanent members of the UN security council plus Germany, must resolve all remaining differences over Iran's enrichment programme either within a six months period after the implementation date of the Geneva agreement, some five months from now, or extend that period for another six months.

On Jan. 12, Iran and the P5+1 agreed on Jan. 20 as the date to start implementing the interim nuclear deal that the two sides struck in Geneva on November 24, 2013.

On Jan. 20, the United States and the European Union suspended part of the sanctions against Iran after the IAEA confirmed earlier in the day that Iran had halted its 20 percent uranium enrichment under the Geneva agreement.

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