Mann: Six Powers’ FMs Not Invited to Geneva Talks Yet
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has not invited foreign ministers of the Group 5+1 (also known as P5+1) to take part in the ongoing talks in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear program, Ashton’s spokesman said.
Speaking to reporters at the venue of talks in Geneva, Michael Mann pointed to the reports about possible presence of foreign ministers of the six world powers in Geneva, and said, “Catherine Ashton has not invited these ministers yet.”
His remarks came after Russian news agencies said Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will fly on Friday to Geneva.
"Sergei Lavrov is flying to Geneva to participate in the consultations on the Iranian nuclear issues," the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department told reporters, Voice of Russia reported.
A fresh round of nuclear talks between senior diplomats representing Iran and the G5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) is now in progress in Switzerland.
This is the second time in a month that the Swiss city is hosting representatives from Iran and the group of six major world powers. They had three days of intensive talks on November 7-9.
Meanwhile, speculation about the possible visit of G5+1 foreign ministers to Geneva has been fueled after the Intercontinental Hotel rooms were reserved for those top diplomats.
In the ongoing talks in Geneva, the team of Iranian negotiators is led by the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, while Catherine Ashton oversees diplomacy with Iran on behalf of the six world powers.