( IRNA ) - European Union Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana said Wednesday that he did not know when he will meet Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani again.
Asked by IRNA as to when he will meet Larijani, Solana replied, "I don't know"
Reminded that he had said after his last meeting with Larijani in Spanish capital Madrid on 31 May that they would meet again in two weeks' time, Solana said, "I don't know exactly the date. Dr.Larijani, I think is not back in Iran.
When informed that Larijani returned to Tehran Tuesday night after a visit of Europe, Solana said, "He has just arrived. Let him get into place and look at the suggestion."
Solana and Larijani have met twice in recent weeks to discuss Iran's nuclear stand-off with the West. The two officials had met in Vienna on 25 April.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks with Larijani in Berlin on Tuesday, a day before the G-8 summit of the world's leading materially and technologically advanced countries for a summit in Germany.
No details were disclosed after the talks, but diplomatic sources said the meeting had been closely coordinated with Solana.
Larijani termed the atmosphere prevailing over settlement of Iran's nuclear case has moved towards rationalism.
The Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary was speaking to reporters at Tehran Mehrabad International Airport upon arrival from his seven-day visit to European states.
"Now there is a precise and rational framework (for settlement of Iran 's nuclear case). This opportunity should be used properly," he said.
Pointing to talks with the EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in Madrid, he said, "Solana raised ideas which need more expert work." Earlier, speaking in the European Parliament Wednesday afternoon, Solana described the situation in Palestine as "dramatic" and said one should think of providing special aid to Gaza.
He said the idea of deploying an international force at the Rafah crossing point "is not out of the table."
Solana said the expected meeting between the Quartet (EU, Russian, US, and UN) and Palestinians and Israelis next week in Egypt is an important one.
"I think it is important in itself. It is the first time that the meeting will be with Israelis and Palestinians. Sometimes you forget that the Quartet has never met with Israel," said Solana.
The EU foreign policy chief said the situation in Lebanon is in "deep crisis."
He said the EU supports the international tribunal adopted by the UN Security Council to investigate the 2005 killing of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri .
"The tribunal is not against anybody or any country," said Solana.
Syria has condemned the decision to set up the Hariri tribunal.