Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 10/ Trend, N. Umid
Iranian deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi will visit China and Russia, before the upcoming Iran-P5+1 group negotiations, Iranian Mehr news agency reported.
According to the report, Sarmadi plans to meet Russian and Chinese officials and discuss mutual relations, regional development, in particular, the new round of the Iran-P5+1 group negotiations.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -Russia, China, France, UK and the US - plus Germany known as the P5+1 group will hold a fresh round of talks in Geneva on October 15-16.
Russia and China, both P5+1 members, have pressed the U.S. and the European Union to begin scaling back sanctions on Tehran in an effort to underpin negotiations with Rouhani's government.
The P5+1 last met with Iran in early April, two months before Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory.
At the time, they offered to end sanctions on Iran's petrochemical exports and precious metals trade in return for Tehran suspending its production of 20 percent-enriched uranium and ceasing activities at the Qom site, known as Fordo.
The U.S. and European diplomats said Iran's previous government never formally responded to the offer.