The spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton issued a brief statement Friday afternoon regarding speculations about the possibility of an imminent resumption of talks between the five permanent members of the UNSC plus Germany with Iran.
“The E3/EU+3 has always been clear about the validity of the dual track approach. In that context, the High Representative on behalf of the E3+3 wrote a letter to Iran on 21 October, which sets out in detail the basis of our continued readiness to engage. We are waiting for the Iranian reaction,” said Michael Mann in the short statement.
In her letter to the head of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili, Ashton said “if the Iranian side is prepared to engage seriously in meaningful discussions on concrete confidence building steps and address the international community’s concerns about the nature of its nuclear programme without any preconditions we would be willing to agree on the next meeting within the coming weeks at a mutually convenient venue”.
Ashton’s letter was released to the press in Brussels today.
Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers are expected to agree on an oil embargo on Iran during their meeting in Brussels on Monday.
EU’s dual-track approach is based on offer of talks and pressure of sanctions.