Ashton accepts Iran's date for talks
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, has reportedly agreed to one of two dates suggested by Iran for comprehensive talks, sources say, Press TV reported.
The group has agreed to hold talks on December 5 in Geneva in Switzerland, sources close to Ashton told Press TV on Friday.
The date and venue for Iran's talks with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US plus Germany -- were announced on November 9 in a letter sent by the office of Saeed Jalili, the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
Following Jalili's letter, Ashton's office confirmed reception of the letter and said the P5+1 would respond to the Islamic Republic soon.
The letter by Iran's chief nuclear negotiator came after Ashton, who represents the P5+1, proposed on October 14, holding three-day talks in mid-November in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on November 9 that Tehran has already proposed a date for the talks, adding, however, that the two sides can negotiate the date.
Mottaki said the Islamic Republic has agreed to hold the multifaceted talks in neighboring Turkey and hoped that negotiations would resume soon after the two sides agreed on the agenda of talks.